We fire when we have to, take a life to save a life, but essentially we're more of a deterrent than anything else.
Still, the American presence in Iraq will have a deterrent value in our dealings with Iran.
First, should Iran someday build a nuclear weapon, Israel already has a deterrent: an estimated 80 nuclear warheads of its own.
I know it is not a deterrent since the nightly news tells us it does not deter.
The sentinels will be paid $10 an hour to serve as a deterrent to possible threats.
It was at once a deterrent from crime and a vindication of the majesty of the law.
This is only an imitation of nature, in which pain is a sanction and a deterrent.
It was almost impossible that she could know anything of the deterrent force exercised on Swithin by his dead uncle that morning.
Here we have a recrudescence of the idea that great penalties are deterrent.
This is a deterrent which only acts beneficially when punishment is certain, or nearly certain.