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 for Deter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deter \De*ter"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deterred; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Deterring.] [L. deterrere; de + terrere to frighten,
     terrify. See Terror.]
     To prevent by fear; hence, to hinder or prevent from action
     by fear of consequences, or difficulty, risk, etc. --Addison.
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           Potent enemies tempt and deter us from our duty.
                                                    --Tillotson.
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           My own face deters me from my glass.     --Prior.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  deter
      v 1: try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage
           this practice among our youth" [syn: deter, discourage]
      2: turn away from by persuasion; "Negative campaigning will only
         dissuade people" [syn: dissuade, deter] [ant: persuade]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  64 Moby Thesaurus words for "deter":
     anticipate, avert, awe, bar, block, blunt, check, chill, cool,
     damp, dampen, daunt, debar, deflect, disaffect, discourage,
     dishearten, disincline, disinterest, dissuade, distract, divert,
     estop, exclude, faze, fend, fend off, forbid, foreclose, forestall,
     frighten, help, hinder, impede, indispose, inhibit, intimidate,
     keep from, keep off, obstruct, obviate, overawe, preclude, prevent,
     prohibit, put off, quench, repel, restrain, rule out, save, scare,
     scare off, shake, shut out, stave off, stop, turn aside, turn away,
     turn from, turn off, ward, ward off, wean from
  
  

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