American English

Definition of discouragement noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] a feeling that you no longer have the confidence or enthusiasm to do something an atmosphere of discouragement and despair
  2. 2[uncountable] the action of trying to stop something the government's discouragement of political protest
  3. 3[countable] a thing that discourages someone from doing something Despite all these discouragements, she refused to give up. The rise in fuel prices is intended to act as a discouragement to car users from using their cars.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: discouragement