Associations to the word «Deter»

Wiktionary

DETER, verb. (transitive) To prevent something from happening.
DETER, verb. (transitive) To persuade someone not to do something; to discourage.

Dictionary definition

DETER, verb. Try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth".
DETER, verb. Turn away from by persuasion; "Negative campaigning will only dissuade people".

Wise words

Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
Noam Chomsky