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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.