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deter (someone or something) from (something)

To cause or encourage someone not to do something. The threat of rain deterred us from going to the beach this weekend.
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deter someone or something from something

to prevent or discourage someone or a group from doing something. We can't seem to deter them from leaving. They were not deterred from their foolish ways.
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It concludes that DOD is overinvesting in offensive Air-Sea Battle capabilities beyond what is necessary and prudent to deter China from attacking U.
And they are particularly difficult to chase away; the common--and often cruel--method of flooding their tunnels will only temporarily deter them.
However, that view is evolving, at least to the point that those both inside and outside government are asking whether there may be ways to deter various parts of terrorist networks, either through increasing the costs or decreasing the gains.
2] that allow entry, while points above this line denote individual outputs that deter entry.
False; Supporters argue that sending juveniles to adult prisons will deter other teens from committing similar crimes.
With a nuclear-armed China on one border and another neighbor, Pakistan, seeking these weapons, it is not hard to see why the Indians wanted to go nuclear--even though attainment of nuclear weapons has not done much to either deter those threats or increase the subcontinent's stability.
A poll of almost 5,000 doctors by the British Medical Association (BMA) found that 51 per cent believed increasing the pension age would deter would-be NHS employees.
The ARA Board of Directors is seeking commitments from AMAA members to join the campaign to deter and defeat the rise in obesity in America's youth.
Far from preventing terrorism, these new measures will only deter ordinary people from travelling - so the terrorists will have won.
The good thing about this stuff is that not only does it enrich garden soil, but it also helps to deter several different species, including grubs, fleas, and slugs.
But Stalin and Mao were also regarded as determined expansionists, and we managed to deter them from using their nukes.
While any technology can be hacked with enough time and effort, Hollywood likes the broadcast flag because, with little overhead, it would deter "casual" piracy.
Inflicting a penalty merely to deter -- rather than to punish for deeds done -- is the very definition of cruelty.
each clearly ignored his supervisory obligations and, as a consequence, should suffer the opprobrium of punitive damages, not so much to deter each of them in the future, but to deter other officials in like positions of ignoring their responsibility.
5] They aimed to deter working-class men from marrying by withdrawing state allowances for children and forcing entire families into the workhouse to receive any relief.