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discouragement

noun uk   /dɪˈskʌr.ɪdʒ.mənt/ us    /-ˈskɝː-/

discouragement noun (MAKING LESS CONFIDENT)

[C or U] the state of having lost your confidence or enthusiasm for something: a feeling of discouragement

discouragement noun (PREVENTING)

[U] actions to prevent or try to prevent something from happening or someone from doing something: the discouragement of any direct action
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