Adjective "discourage" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Cause (someone) to lose confidence or enthusiasm.
  1. 'The reality facing higher education right now is that the prospect of debt is discouraging many students from poorer homes from considering going to university at all.'
  2. 'Research also indicates that negative school experiences can discourage students from teaching careers.'
  3. 'But, along with these charges, the overall cost does discourage poor patients from undergoing advanced treatment.'
  4. 'Indeed, our government seems to be doing all it can to discourage people from investing for the long term.'
  5. 'The risk of suffering a capital loss discourages many people from investing in shares.'
  6. 'They don't want to discourage their own staff, investors in their funds, journalists and the market in general.'
  7. 'If you are lacking experience, do not let that discourage you.'
  8. 'He longed to be a singer, but his first teacher discouraged him.'
  9. 'Many policies aimed at helping the poor can have the side effect of discouraging the poor from escaping poverty on their own.'
  10. 'The prospect of such huge debts will definitely discourage young people from choosing university, especially those from poorer backgrounds.'
  11. 'the plan is designed to discourage the use of private cars'
  12. 'They would discourage all day parking, thereby creating an increased turnover of spaces.'
  13. 'House prices have stopped rising, which will discourage borrowings.'
  14. 'Even if the legislature must be able to discourage unjustified absences, it cannot penalise them by creating exceptions to the right to legal assistance.'
  15. 'He added that fares will be clearly posted on each vehicle in order to prevent confusion and discourage mischievous behavior of drivers.'
  16. 'The creatures exude a noxious substance as a byproduct of their metabolic processes, one that prevents fouling of its exterior and discourages predators.'
  17. 'We discourage dives below 30 meters, especially if decompression stops are required.'
  18. 'She and her fellow ward councillors are now taking steps to discourage the new plan.'
  19. 'The Licensing Act 2003 is designed to tackle binge drinking and anti-social behaviour by discouraging happy hours.'
  20. 'The bollards and uprights have been left in place to curb the speed of traffic and discourage the use of the road as a rat run.'
  21. 'Lynne and her colleagues place a higher priority on preventive actions to discourage bad behaviour and crime.'
  22. 'Backbreaking work, all that stooping but I had been warned, even discouraged from going.'
  23. 'A high would reflect a method of user removal that would be effective in scaring or otherwise discouraging new users from joining the network.'

More definitions

1. to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.

2. to dissuade (usually followed by from).

3. to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: Low prices discourage industry.

4. to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon: to discourage the expression of enthusiasm. verb (used without object), discouraged, discouraging.

5. to become discouraged: a person who discourages easily.

More examples(as adjective)

"falls can be discourage in papers."

"people can be discourage."

"ratios can be discourage."

"rates can be discourage."

"fluctuations can be discourage."

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Late Middle English: from Old French descouragier, from des- (expressing reversal) + corage ‘courage’.