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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dissuasive deterring from action "dissuasive advice","made a slight dissuasive gesture with her hand"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dissuasive Tending to dissuade or divert from a measure or purpose; dehortatory; as, dissuasive advice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dissuasive Tending to dissuade or divert from a purpose; dehortatory.
    • n dissuasive Argument or advice employed to deter one from a measure or purpose; that which is intended or tends to divert from any purpose or course of action.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dissuasive tending to dissuade
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. dissuadēredis, apart, suadēre, suasum, to advise.


In literature:

Hospitable to persuasion, dissuasion and evasion.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
My dissuasions, in that case, might have been fainter.
"The Life of John Sterling" by Thomas Carlyle
There were dissuasive noises from the company, but no attempt at rescue.
"The Research Magnificent" by H. G. Wells
Never was such a cascade of dissuasion as hers.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
If you can discover legitimate means of dissuasion, it would be well to use them.
"The Patrician" by John Galsworthy
Dissuasions and arguments, however, failed; and Mrs.
"Dynevor Terrace (Vol. I)" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Scarcely had he gone, when the mother began her dissuasions, and from that moment there was misery.
"The Crown of Life" by George Gissing
Both the pundit and his son had promised to undertake my dissuasion from the path of a SANNYASI.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
He was rapidly drifting beyond any tacit dissuasion of mine.
"A Passionate Pilgrim" by Henry James
This work shall save the labour of exhorting and dissuasion.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
A Dissuasive from the Play-house.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
It seems to me to have a dissuasive inflection.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
Antonyms: dissuasion, coercion, constraint.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
The old man tried gentle dissuasion at first, but the obstinate pertinacity of the stripling made him gradually lose patience.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 152, January 24, 1917" by Various
He had taken the step of marriage in face of the earnest dissuasion of his uncle Otto, in the last months of his residence in Posen.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Billy and Jim were again put to rout in an attempt at mere verbal dissuasion.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
Noyes clung to the idea of dissuasion to the end.
"Marriage" by H. G. Wells
It inspired, however, the following beautiful dissuasion, which her husband addressed to her.
"The Romance of Biography (Vol 2 of 2)" by Anna Jameson
Persuasion or dissuasion strike me as being equally serious in their results.
"Autobiographical Reminiscences with Family Letters and Notes on Music" by Charles Gounod
He studied divinity, and only the dissuasion of friends kept him from entering the ministry.
"The Beginners of a Nation" by Edward Eggleston