balance of terror

noun

Definition of balance of terror

  1. :  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


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