Detente meaning

dā-tänt, -täɴt
A relaxing or easing, as of tension between rivals.
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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.
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A lessening of tension or hostility, esp. between nations, as through treaties, trade agreements, etc.
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(chiefly politics) A relaxing of tension, especially between countries.
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Origin of detente

  • French detent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French détente (“relaxing”).

    From Wiktionary