1. To advise or exhort against; to try to persuade (one from a course). "Mr. Burchell, on the contrary, dissuaded her with great ardor: and I stood neuter." (Goldsmith) "War, therefore, open or concealed, alike My voice dissuades." (Milton)

2. To divert by persuasion; to turn from a purpose by reasons or motives; with from; as, I could not dissuade him from his purpose. "I have tried what is possible to dissuade him." (Mad. D' Arblay)

Origin: L. Dissuadere, dissuasum; dis- + suadere to advise, persuade: cf. F. Dissuader. See Suasion.

(01 Mar 1998)

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