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deterrence

[ dih-tur-uh ns, -tuhr-, -ter- ]
/ dɪˈtɜr əns, -ˈtʌr-, -ˈtɛr- /
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noun

the act of deterring, especially deterring a nuclear attack by the capacity or threat of retaliating.

RELATED WORDS

preemption, preclusion, obviation, determent, dissuasion, disincentive

Nearby words

determined, determiner, determinism, determinist, deterministic, deterrence, deterrent, detersive, detest, detestable, detestation

Origin of deterrence

First recorded in 1860–65; deterr(ent) + -ence
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Word Origin and History for deterrence

deterrence


n.

1861; see deterrent + -ence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for deterrence

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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