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deterrent

adjective de·ter·rent \-ənt, -rənt\

Definition of DETERRENT

1
:  serving to deter <a deterrent effect>
2
:  relating to deterrence <a deterrent view of punishment>
deterrent noun
de·ter·rent·ly adverb

Origin of DETERRENT

Latin deterrent-, deterrens, present participle of deterrēre to deter
First Known Use: 1829
DETERRENT Defined for Kids

deterrent

noun de·ter·rent \di-ˈtər-ənt, -ˈter-\

Definition of DETERRENT for Kids

:  something that makes someone decide not to do something <The alarm is a deterrent against theft.>

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