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Definition of discouragement:

  1. That which discourages; that which deters, or tends to deter, from an undertaking, or from the prosecution of anything; a determent; as, the revolution was commenced under every possible discouragement.
  2. The act of discouraging, or the state of being discouraged; depression or weakening of confidence; dejection.

Synonyms:

deterrent, dismay, hindrance, impediment, disheartenment, constraint, consternation, alarm.

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