détente

[dey-tahnt; French dey-tahnt]
noun, plural détentes [dey-tahnts; French dey-tahnt] .
a relaxing of tension, especially between nations, as by negotiations or agreements.
Also, detente.


Origin:
1905–10; < French; see detent

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détente (deɪˈtɑːnt, French detɑ̃t)
 
n
the relaxing or easing of tension, esp between nations
 
[French, literally: a loosening, from Old French destendre to release, from tendre to stretch]

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detente
political term is 1908 borrowing of Fr. détente "loosening, slackening," used in O.Fr. for the catch of a crossbow, from V.L. detendita, fem. pp. of detendere "loosen, release," from de- "from, away" + tendere "stretch" (see tenet).
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détente [(day-tahnt)]

A period of lessening tension between two major national powers, or a policy designed to lessen that tension. Détente presupposes that the two powers will continue to disagree but seeks to reduce the occasions of conflict.

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Each time, there was an increased police presence and a flurry of arrests followed by a declared victory and then detente.
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