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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
deterrently 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 Students

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





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