deter (someone or something) from (something)

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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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However, the Supreme Court threw out the latter amount, saying the sky-high penalty was obviously far more than necessary to get the company's attention and deter it from repeating the action - which, after all, is the purpose of a punitive judgment.