détente

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noun dé·tente \dā-ˈtänt\
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detente

Definition of détente

  1. 1 :  the relaxation of strained relations or tensions (as between nations) diplomats brokering a détente; also :  a policy promoting this

  2. 2 :  a period of détente the beginning of a détente

Examples of détente in a Sentence

  1. as the countries move toward détente

  2. the start of a détente

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Origin and Etymology of détente

French


DÉTENTE Defined for English Language Learners

détente

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Definition of détente for English Language Learners

  • : an ending of unfriendly or hostile relations between countries


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