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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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because, after Connelly, with its emphasis on wrongful, deterrable state
Therefore, low intensity conflicts and limited border wars between India and Pakistan are not deterrable by the so-called nuclear balance of terror.
unintentional"), then his statement is nonsense: Many unintentional events are avoidable and thus deterrable.
The terrorists may not be deterrable themselves, but those they depend on for assistance may well be.
Drunk driving "is a deterrable offense that ends lots of innocent lives unnecessarily.
Possession of weapons of mass destruction would render al Qaeda a far more dangerous threat than deterrable or weak enemy states.
While these conflicts may seem improbable and deterrable for the foreseeable future, they cannot be dismissed.
A state should be permitted to preclude the asserted defense only if there is substantial reason for the Court to conclude that problems of identification would make the defense too difficult to administer or that some important purpose of punishment, not equally well accomplished by civil remedies, is served by punishing even those who are not blameworthy or deterrable.
They would have been more convincing, and more consistent with the underlying philosophical principles of their own approach, if they had stuck to an idea that they briefly introduced earlier in the book: that a nuclear-armed Iran, even under Ahmadinejad, would be no less deterrable than the Soviet Union or China under Stalin or Mao, respectively (p.
The evidence of defendant's mental illness may also have shown that defendant was less deterrable or that society needed to be protected from him.
both increases the defendant's temptation to deviate from his threat, since the savings from avoiding trial are larger, and reduces enforcement, since the number of deterrable suits is lower.
the Court speculated that such offenders are less deterrable than
The idea that he is not deterrable is "almost certainly wrong.
There is no evidence that any of the countries in Bush's axis of evil--Iraq, Iran and North Korea--are not deterrable according to the same logic that worked with the Soviets.