WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
de•ter•rent /dɪˈtɜrənt/USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. serving or tending to deter.

n. [countable]
  • something that deters:Is capital punishment a deterrent to crime?
  • 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
    1. tending or used to deter; restraining
    Etymology: 19th Century: from Latin dēterrēns hindering; see deter

    deˈterrence n

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