deterrence

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

Definition of deterrence

  1. :  the act or process of deterring : such asa :  the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear especially of punishmentb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of deterrence

see deter


First Known Use: 1861


DETERRENCE Defined for English Language Learners

deterrence

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

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

  1. :  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

  1. :  the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear especially of punishment


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