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dissuade

verb abash, advise against, argue against, attempt to divert, attempt to prevent, cause doubt, convince to the contrary, daunt, dehortari, deter fromone's purpose, deterrere, discourage, disenchant, disillusion, dispirit, dissuadere, divert by appeal, divert from, exhort against, frighten away, raise apprehennion, remonstrate, render averse, stave off, talk out of, turn from a purpose, urge not to
See also: caution, check, counsel, debar, deter, discourage, expostulate, forewarn, persuade, reason, remonstrate, restrain

TO DISSUADE, crim. law. To induce a person not to do an act.
     2. To dissuade a witness from giving evidence against a person indicted, is an indictable offence at common law. Hawk. B. 1, c. 2 1, s. 1 5. The mere attempt to stifle evidence, is also criminal, although the persuasion should not succeed, on the general principle that an incitement to commit a crime, is in itself criminal. 1 Russ. on Cr. 44; 6 East, R. 464; 2 East, R. 6, 21; 2 Str. 904; 2 Leach, 925. Vide To Persuade.

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Though Ghak and Kolk both attempted to dissuade me, I was determined to set out at once, nor did I delay longer than to make a copy of my map to be given to Perry that he might add to his that which I had set down since we parted.
The chief further explained that he had done his best to dissuade the white man from so rash an act, as he was going directly into the country of the tribe of the two men he had killed, and there was little chance that he ever would come out alive.
All went well and Joan was laughing merrily at the fears of those who had attempted to dissuade her when, at a cross road, they discovered two parties of armed men approaching from opposite directions.
I shall do my best to dissuade her from any further or more intimate intercourse with you.
His mother wrote to try to dissuade him from this decisive step, but he replied that he felt God's call which transcended all other considerations.
In the end he decided to become a priest, and when a friend tried to dissuade him from the calling as one too much below his birth, he answered: "It hath been judged formerly, that the domestic servants of the King of Heaven should be one of the noblest families on earth.
Well, if you are disposed to publish the matter, I cannot dissuade you, of course - but there will be terrible work if you do - and if you don't, I shall think you the most generous of mortal beings - and if there is anything in the world I can do for you - anything short of - ' she hesitated.