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deterrence

noun de·ter·rence \di-ˈtər-ən(t)s, -ˈter-; -ˈtə-rən(t)s, -ˈte-; dē-\

: the act of making someone decide not to do something : the act of preventing a particular act or behavior from happening

politics : the policy of developing a lot of military power so that other countries will not attack your country

Full Definition of DETERRENCE

:  the act or process of deterring: as
a :  the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear especially of punishment
b :  the maintenance of military power for the purpose of discouraging attack

Examples of DETERRENCE

  1. The author argues that deterrence is no longer the best way to prevent war.

First Known Use of DETERRENCE

1861

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

deterrence

noun de·ter·rence \di-ˈtər-ən(t)s, -ˈter-; -ˈtə-rən(t)s; dē-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DETERRENCE

:  the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear especially of punishment

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