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deterrent

[dih-tur-uh nt, -tuhr-, -ter-] /dɪˈtɜr ənt, -ˈtʌr-, -ˈtɛr-/
adjective
1.
serving or tending to deter.
noun
2.
something that deters:
a deterrent to crime.
3.
military strength or an ability to defend a country or retaliate strongly enough to deter an enemy from attacking.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Latin dēterrent- (stem of dēterrēns), present participle of dēterrēre. See deter, -ent
Related forms
deterrently, adverb
nondeterrent, adjective
Synonyms
2. restraint, curb, check, hindrance.
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British Dictionary definitions for deter-rent

deterrent

/dɪˈtɛrənt/
noun
1.
something that deters
2.
a weapon or combination of weapons, esp nuclear, held by one state, etc, to deter attack by another
adjective
3.
tending or used to deter; restraining
Derived Forms
deterrence, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin dēterrēns hindering; see deter
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Word Origin and History for deter-rent

deterrent

1829, noun and adjective, in Bentham, from Latin deterrentem, present participle of deterrere (see deter). In reference to nuclear weapons, from 1954.

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