WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
de•ter•rent /dɪˈtɜrənt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. serving or tending to deter.

n. [countable]
  1. something that deters:Is capital punishment a deterrent to crime?
  2. military strength to retaliate so strongly as to deter an enemy from attacking:People began to wonder if a nuclear deterrent was necessary anymore.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
de•ter•rent  (di tûrənt, -tur-, -ter-),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. serving or tending to deter.

  1. something that deters:a deterrent to crime.
  2. military strength or an ability to defend a country or retaliate strongly enough to deter an enemy from attacking.
de•terrent•ly, adv. 
  • Latin dēterrent- (stem of dēterrēns), present participle of dēterrēre. See deter, -ent
  • 1820–30
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged restraint, curb, check, hindrance.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

deterrent /dɪˈtɛrənt/ n
  1. something that deters
  2. a weapon or combination of weapons, esp nuclear, held by one state, etc, to deter attack by another
  1. tending or used to deter; restraining
Etymology: 19th Century: from Latin dēterrēns hindering; see deter

deˈterrence n

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