Definition of deterrence
- nuclear deterrence
The author argues that deterrence is no longer the best way to prevent war.
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: 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
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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