Simple Definition of deterrence
: 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
The author argues that deterrence is no longer the best way to prevent war.
First Known Use of deterrence
Medical Definition of deterrence
: the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear especially of punishment
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