verb (used with object), dis·suad·ed, dis·suad·ing.
- to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
- Archaic. to advise or urge against: to dissuade an action.
- (often foll by from) to deter (someone) by persuasion from a course of action, policy, etc
- to advise against (an action, etc)
1510s, from Middle French dissuader and directly from Latin dissuadere “to advise against, oppose by argument,” from dis- “off, against” (see dis-) + suadere “to urge” (see suasion). Related: Dissuaded; dissuading.