balance of terror


Definition of balance of terror

: a situation in which the threat of mutual annihilation by nations with the capability to wage nuclear war serves as a deterrent against military aggression and the use of nuclear weapons Change, unfamiliarity, and the disconcerting potentialities of technology make balance of terror constantly precarious.— Henry T. Nash, Nuclear Weapons and International Behavior, 1975

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First Known Use of balance of terror

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Balance of terror.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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