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deterrent

[ dih-tur-uhnt, -tuhr-, -ter- ]
/ dɪˈtɜr ənt, -ˈtʌr-, -ˈtɛr- /
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adjective
serving or tending to deter.
noun
something that prevents, checks, or suppresses: a deterrent to crime.
something that repels: Our lemongrass-based bug deterrent is natural, safe, and effective.
military strength or an ability to defend a country or retaliate strongly enough to deter an enemy from attacking.
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Origin of deterrent

First recorded in 1820–30; from Latin dēterrent- (stem of dēterrēns ), present participle of dēterrēre; see origin at deter, -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM deterrent

de·ter·rent·ly, adverbnon·de·ter·rent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deterrent

deterrent
/ (dɪˈtɛrənt) /

noun
something that deters
a weapon or combination of weapons, esp nuclear, held by one state, etc, to deter attack by another
adjective
tending or used to deter; restraining

Derived forms of deterrent

deterrence, noun

Word Origin for deterrent

C19: from Latin dēterrēns hindering; see deter
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