deterrent

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adjective de·ter·rent \ -ənt , -rənt \

Definition of deterrent

1 :serving to discourage, prevent, or inhibit :serving to deter
  • The ads had a deterrent effect on youth smoking.
2 :relating to deterrence
  • a deterrent view of punishment

deterrent

noun

deterrently

adverb

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Origin and Etymology of deterrent

Latin deterrent-, deterrens, present participle of deterrēre to deter


DETERRENT Defined for Kids

deterrent

noun de·ter·rent \ di-ˈtər-ənt , -ˈter- \

Definition of deterrent for Students

:something that makes someone decide not to do something
  • The alarm is a deterrent against theft.


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