Can I use "deterred" in this context?

Tori ran over to her grandfather, not deterred by the big beard he'd grown since she last saw him.

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    Idiomatically, native speakers would usually use single-word undeterred in your cited context. – FumbleFingers Feb 19 '20 at 18:50

There would have to be previous sentences or conversation that establish the beard as an obstacle or something that would deter (beards don't typically do that). If the listener/reader is unaware of this, you need to use a different word, such as "intimidated" or "worried".

  • Could I also say "bothered" or "disturbed" do you think? – Topstudent100 Feb 19 '20 at 18:05
  • Or "distracted"? – Topstudent100 Feb 19 '20 at 18:29
  • Hmm. In my experience, babies and young children who haven't seen many / any men with beards are very often frightened by them. Especially if their first exposure is a relative or close friend of the parents, since they're quite likely to put their face very close to the infant (who then starts bawling for that very reason). – FumbleFingers Feb 19 '20 at 18:54

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