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deterrent

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adjective de·ter·rent \-ənt, -rənt\

Definition of deterrent

  1. 1 :  serving to deter <a deterrent effect>

  2. 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



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