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[dih-tur] /dɪˈtɜr/
verb (used with object), deterred, deterring.
to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding:
The large dog deterred trespassers.
to prevent; check; arrest:
timber treated with creosote to deter rot.
Origin of deter
1570-80; < Latin dēterrēre to prevent, hinder, equivalent to dē- de- + terrēre to frighten
Related forms
determent, noun
deterrable, adjective
deterrability, noun
deterrer, noun
undeterrability, noun
undeterrable, adjective
undeterrably, adverb
undeterred, adjective
undeterring, adjective Unabridged
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  • The prevention, determent and detection of fraud is the responsibility of the organization's management.
  • Not until after an exhaustive investigation can the cause of the accident be determent.
  • Any outlet that attacks individuals personally instead of arguing ideas and policy is a determent to that persons position.
  • Capital punishment should be done away with, because it fails as a determent.
  • It follows a specific course of action and this, in turn, offers many opportunities for intervention and determent.
  • Security cameras will help mitigate this breach of security and provide a level of determent from future occurrences.
  • They must not act to personally benefit their individual firm to the determent of the program.
  • Some co-ops have a tendency to get lax on their collections, to the determent of the co-op, he notes.
  • The prime purposes for the consequences should be more as a determent, than a weapon.
  • There will not be a convenience store, etc that will be determent to the adjacent neighborhood.
British Dictionary definitions for determent


verb -ters, -terring, -terred
(transitive) to discourage (from acting) or prevent (from occurring), usually by instilling fear, doubt, or anxiety
Derived Forms
determent, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēterrēre, from de- + terrēre to frighten
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Word Origin and History for determent



1570s, from Latin deterrere "to frighten from, discourage from," from de- "away" (see de-) + terrere "frighten" (see terrible). Deterrent is from 1829.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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