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Definition try to prevent; or prevent
  • The goal is to catch and punish enough tax cheaters to deter others from trying to cheat on their taxes.
deter = prevent (discourage)
  • She was slow to decide what to do, but once she did nothing could deter her from her chosen course of action.
  • deter = discourage (prevent)
  • Tax uncertainty deters investment.
  • The risks posed by this dangerous relationship cannot be contained or deterred by traditional means.
    2004 Republican Party Platform  -- (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • ...we hold it to be the first task of statesmanship to develop the strength that will deter the forces of aggression and promote the conditions of peace.
    Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th US President)
  • Obviously the child was about to be shot as a punishment for his offence and to deter others.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • deter = try to prevent
  • We cannot be deterred from our goal.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • deterred = prevented from trying (kept)
  • I'm not worried about anyone who would be deterred by a locked door,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • deterred = prevented (from entering)
  • [referring to the physical beating they had to give to the soldier with claustrophobia]  We do it quickly and mercilessly, and at last he sits down quietly. The others have turned pale; let's hope it deters them.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • deters = prevents (more of the same from)
  • The Italian side replied with a counter-barrage that failed to deter the Austrians from further shots,
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • deter = prevent
  • I shot him a look, but, as usual, he did not seem deterred.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • deterred = discouraged or prevented from doing something
  • I was heartbroken, but I was not deterred. I would find a way around this brick wall.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • deterred = discouraged (prevented from continuing)
  • Twice the dog turned around and growled, but Sophie was not to be deterred.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • deterred = stopped (prevented from continuing)
  • matter what she said to him, it didn't seem to deter his overtures.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • deter = prevent
  • And now submarines are armed with mass murder, our silly, only way of deterring mass murder.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • deterring = trying to prevent
  • The fact that it was three A.M. and raining buckets didn't deter them.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • deter = discourage
  • Three months of hitting blank walls in researching Hunter Brown didn't deter her.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • deter = discourage
  • He knew where the oars were—hidden to deter the visitors from going out
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • deter = discourage an action
  • I demand this so that others may be deterred from similar crimes, so that peaceful and industrious people may be safe.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • deterred = discouraged (prevented)
  • They passed over the pond ... seemingly deterred from settling by my light,
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
deterred = discouraged

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