Deterrent meaning

dĭ-tûrənt, -tŭr-
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A retaliatory means of discouraging enemy attack.

A nuclear deterrent.

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Tending to deter.

Deterrent weapons.

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Something that deters.

A deterrent to theft.

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Deterring or tending to deter.
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A thing or factor that deters; hindrance.
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Serving to deter, preventing something from happening.
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Something that deters.
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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.

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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.

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Origin of deterrent

  • Latin deterrens, present participle of deterrere.

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