WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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.


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
adj
  1. tending or used to deter; restraining
Etymology: 19th Century: from Latin dēterrēns hindering; see deter

deˈterrence n



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