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deterrence

[dih-tur-uh ns, -tuhr-, -ter-] /dɪˈtɜr əns, -ˈtʌr-, -ˈtɛr-/
noun
1.
the act of deterring, especially deterring a nuclear attack by the capacity or threat of retaliating.
Origin of deterrence
1860-1865
1860-65; deterr(ent) + -ence
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n.

1861; see deterrent + -ence.

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A military capability sufficiently strong to discourage any would-be aggressor from starting a war because of the fear of retaliation. (See balance of terror.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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