verb (deter, r, ing)
- To prevent something from happening.
- To persuade someone not to do something; to discourage.
Etymology: From (term, deterrere).
- 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. Â§ 10.
- : we have in following enquiry, attempted to throw some light upon subjects, from which uncertainty has hitherto deterred the wise
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