dé·​tente | \ dā-ˈtänt How to pronounce détente (audio) \
variants: or detente

Definition of détente

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

Examples of détente in a Sentence

as the countries move toward détente the start of a détente

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His diplomatic detente with Trump has led to meetings with some of the worlds most powerful leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Will Ripley, CNN, "Trump and Kim make history, but a longer and more difficult march lies ahead," 30 June 2019 In their struggle to form a public policy of detente, one intriguing idea has emerged: speed limitation. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Scooters should slow their roll; It’s about moral — not mental — health; Leading fight for fair elections (8/14/19)," 14 Aug. 2019 But a few months out from its IPO, Uber and Lyft seem headed toward a detente. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Lyft finally sees a path to profitability: raising prices," 9 Aug. 2019 The success of the Sangh Parivar in dominating BJP policy ensures that Pakistan has no reason to hope for any kind of detente or alliance with India. Johann Chacko, Quartz India, "With Kashmir move, India risks losing the upper hand of a responsible, nuclear-armed democracy," 6 Aug. 2019 The collapse of the Sino-Soviet pact after the death of Josef Stalin was followed by Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 and Mikhail Gorbachev’s detente with China 30 years ago. The Economist, "Partnership is much better for China than it is for Russia," 27 July 2019 Trump also told reporters that his diplomacy has led to a detente with North Korea. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump invites Kim Jong Un to meet him at Korean DMZ on Sunday," 29 June 2019 Seventeen of them wrote the administration last month asking for a detente with California. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans," 25 July 2019 The hard-line approach is reminiscent of Trump’s initial stance toward North Korea, which gave way to a detente and two summits that served to lower tensions, but haven’t led to any major progress. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Trump to meet Putin, Xi at G-20, but with unclear goals, expectations are low," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of détente

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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formal : an ending of unfriendly or hostile relations between countries

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