the act of deterring, especially deterring a nuclear attack by the capacity or threat of retaliating.
- Sometimes de·ter·ren·cy [dih-tur-uhn-see, -tuhr-, -ter-] /dɪˈtɜr ən si, -ˈtʌr-, -ˈtɛr-/ .
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How to use deterrence in a sentence
We need to understand what does it really take to have a credible nuclear deterrence capability that’s foundational to every war plan that we would have if, God forbid, we had to take on a China, take on a Russia.These Jobs Were Not Posted on ZipRecruiter (Ep. 473) | Stephen J. Dubner | August 26, 2021 | Freakonomics
In South Philadelphia, the city instituted its own version of focused deterrence.What Philadelphia Reveals About America’s Homicide Surge | by Alec MacGillis, photography by Hannah Price/Magnum Photos, special to ProPublica | July 30, 2021 | ProPublica
A judge typically considers deterrence — in this case, sending a message to other cops that, if they abuse their badge as Chauvin did, they will be severely punished.
With cyber, there is little experience on what constitutes or justifies escalation or the dynamics of deterrence.US-Russia Relations: The New Normal Is the Old Normal | Tracy Moran | June 21, 2021 | Ozy
We expect real deterrence, and we have the capacity to do so.Behind new law, the FBI is getting into anti-doping, but not everyone wants the help | Rick Maese | April 9, 2021 | Washington Post
In the classic phrase of deterrence, we want all such actors to wake up each morning and think: Not today.The Pentagon May Finally Have a Plan to Keep America on Top | Bill Sweetman | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course, every nuclear capable air force runs exercises to practice its so-called “strategic deterrence.”Are Russian Bombers Flying Nuclear Drills Near Europe—Or Just Testing NATO’s Defenses? | Dave Majumdar | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Notably, the future of the nuclear-deterrence triad seems more assured than it has for many years.
Russia, he told listeners, is “strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces.”
The El Paso brand of deterrence is just as much directed at smugglers as immigrants, if not more so.How the U.S. Sold Out Indian Asylum Seekers on the Border | Caitlin Dickson | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nature has provided as far as possible for deterrence from over-interest.Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
For five decades, we have been successful in applying containment and deterrence in the Cold War.Shock and Awe | Harlan K. Ullman
When deterrence or diplomacy failed as in Kuwait, then the use of force was inevitable.Shock and Awe | Harlan K. Ullman
Let us assume the legitimate end of all punishment to be deterrence.Social Rights And Duties | Leslie Stephen
It follows that we must understand "deterrence" in a wider sense than we have hitherto given to it.Social Rights And Duties | Leslie Stephen
Cultural definitions for deterrence
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.)
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