Origin of deterrent
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|Creede Newton|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prosecutors described the verdict and the sentencing as a “deterrent.”Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists|Jesse Rosenfeld|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Emily Shire|June 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Concealed carry is good for responding to a crime in progress; open carry is a deterrent to it.
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|DAILY BEAST
We have been assured that such a regulation was, at an early day, in force at York, as a deterrent from drunkenness.Toronto of Old|Henry Scadding
This is a deterrent which only acts beneficially when punishment is certain, or nearly certain.London|Walter Besant
It furnishes a deterrent for the evil doer and a tremendous incentive for the man who desires to obey natural law and be happy.Elementary Theosophy|L. W. Rogers
Pick out ideals in business, and eliminate from your path all deterrent influences.Dollars and Sense|Col. Wm. C. Hunter
A deterrent, a threat, a place to point to as a warning not to break the law?Take the Reason Prisoner|John Joseph McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for deterrent
Word Origin for deterrent
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.