a lessening of tension or hostility, esp. between nations, as through treaties, trade agreements, etc.
Origin of détenteFr: see detent
- A relaxing or easing, as of tension between rivals.
- A policy toward a rival nation or bloc characterized by increased diplomatic, commercial, and cultural contact and a desire to reduce tensions, as through negotiation or talks.
Origin of detenteFrench; see detent .
- (chiefly politics) A relaxing of tension, especially between countries.