deterrent

[dih-tur-uhnt, -tuhr-, -ter-]
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:
1820–30; < Latin dēterrent- (stem of dēterrēns), present participle of dēterrēre. See deter, -ent

deterrently, adverb
nondeterrent, adjective


2. restraint, curb, check, hindrance.
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deterrent (dɪˈtɛrənt)
 
n
1.  something that deters
2.  a weapon or combination of weapons, esp nuclear, held by one state, etc, to deter attack by another
 
adj
3.  tending or used to deter; restraining
 
[C19: from Latin dēterrēns hindering; see deter]
 
de'terrence
 
n

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deterrent
1829, noun and adj., in Bentham, from L. deterrentem, prp. of deterrere (see deter). In reference to nuclear weapons, from 1954.
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Example sentences
The fact that Scott and four of his men froze to death was hardly a deterrent.
Winter is no deterrent to these gardeners.
New laws would act as a deterrent to spammers.
According to the study, these drug tests may not be the deterrent we expect
  them to be.
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