Origin of deterrentClassical Latin deterrens, present participle of deterrere: see deter
- The definition of deterrent is acting to stop or prevent.
An example of deterrent used as an adjective is a deterrent weapon which means a weapon which is designed to stop other weapons from being fired or from being accurate.
- Deterrent is defined as something that prevents or blocks.
An example of a deterrent is heavy traffic that keeps the traveler from quickly getting to their destination.
- Something that deters: a deterrent to theft.
- A retaliatory means of discouraging enemy attack: a nuclear deterrent.
(comparative more deterrent, superlative most deterrent)
- Serving to deter, preventing something from happening
- Something that deters.
Latin deterrens, present participle of deterrere.
- She did, however, celebrate the deterrent effect of the new law that was passed.
- Paradoxes of deterrent theory have emerged.
- This has to be a serious deterrent to Japan (as an example).
- It was feared that the removal of this powerful deterrent would adversely affect discipline, but on the contrary, the yearly average of prison offences has diminished from 147 to 131 per thousand prisoners, and it has been felt by the authorities that the limitation was salutary and wise.
- Besides the making of boxes and barrels and other articles necessarily Involved in its sugar and tobacco trade, Havana also, to some extent, builds carriages and small ships, and manufactures iron and machinery; but the weight of taxation during the Spanish period was always a heavy deterrent on the development of any business requiring great capital.