deterrence

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noun de·ter·rence \ di-ˈtər-ən(t)s , -ˈter- ; -ˈtə-rən(t)s , -ˈte- ; dē- \

Definition of deterrence

:the act or process of deterring: such as
a :the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear especially of punishment
b :the maintenance of military power for the purpose of discouraging attack
  • nuclear deterrence

Examples of deterrence in a Sentence

  1. The author argues that deterrence is no longer the best way to prevent war.

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Origin and Etymology of deterrence

see deter


DETERRENCE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of deterrence for English Language Learners

  • : the act of making someone decide not to do something : the act of preventing a particular act or behavior from happening

  • politics : the policy of developing a lot of military power so that other countries will not attack your country


Medical Dictionary

deterrence

noun de·ter·rence \ di-ˈtər-ən(t)s, -ˈter-; -ˈtə-rən(t)s; dē- \

medical Definition of deterrence

:the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear especially of punishment

Law Dictionary

deterrence

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noun de·ter·rence \ di-ˈtər-əns, -ˈter- \

legal Definition of deterrence

:the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear especially of punishment

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