- serving or tending to deter.
Origin of deterrent
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Examples from the Web for deterrent
This is supposed to act as a deterrent, but may be an incitement.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge
November 25, 2014
Prosecutors described the verdict and the sentencing as a “deterrent.”Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists
June 23, 2014
Still, there may be a deterrent for women that is far less spoken about, at least in polite circles.C’mon, Ladies, Masturbation Isn’t Just for Bad Girls
June 19, 2014
Concealed carry is good for responding to a crime in progress; open carry is a deterrent to it.A Gun Owner Speaks: My Case for Open Carry
June 12, 2014
These steps would be plausible, purely defensive, and a deterrent for starters.Obama Must Show He’ll Use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 30, 2014
The ease of getting a livelihood acts as a deterrent to ambition.The Negro Farmer
It is a deterrent for others, not a healing process for the man himself.The Soul of a People
The school has in most cases been a deterrent to their progress, rather than a help.The Measurement of Intelligence
Lewis Madison Terman
This is only an imitation of nature, in which pain is a sanction and a deterrent.
Here we have a recrudescence of the idea that great penalties are deterrent.
- something that deters
- a weapon or combination of weapons, esp nuclear, held by one state, etc, to deter attack by another
- tending or used to deter; restraining
Word Origin and History for deterrent
1829, noun and adjective, in Bentham, from Latin deterrentem, present participle of deterrere (see deter). In reference to nuclear weapons, from 1954.