deter

Deter means to discourage. Many believe that the use of capital punishment deters people from committing murder. Others think that is hogwash.

From the Latin de meaning "away" and terrere meaning "frighten," deter means to frighten away. "Hopefully the idea of being expelled will deter kids from cheating in school." Teddy Roosevelt's foreign policy dictum "walk softly but carry a big stick" was meant to deter other countries from messing with the United States.

Definitions of deter
1

v turn away from by persuasion

Synonyms:
dissuade
Antonyms:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
Types:
talk out of
persuade someone not to do something
Type of:
advise, counsel, rede
give advice to

v try to prevent; show opposition to

Synonyms:
discourage
Type of:
disapprove, reject
deem wrong or inappropriate