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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detente(noun)

    the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)

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  1. detente(n.)

    the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations), as by agreement, negotiation, or tacit understandings.

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  1. détente(Noun)

    A relaxing of tension between major powers, especially the particular thawing of relations between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cold War.

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  1. Détente

    Détente is the easing of strained relations, especially in a political situation. The term is often used in reference to the general easing of the geo-political tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States which began in 1971, as a foreign policy of U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford called détente; a 'thawing out' or 'un-freezing' at a period roughly in the middle of the Cold War. Détente was known in Russian as разрядка. The period was characterized by the signing of treaties such as the SALT I and the Helsinki Accords. A second Arms-Limitation Treaty, SALT II, was discussed but never ratified by the United States. There is still ongoing debate amongst historians as to how successful the détente period was in achieving peace. After the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the two superpowers agreed to install a direct hotline between Washington DC and Moscow, enabling leaders of both countries to quickly interact with each other in a time of urgency, and reduce the chances that future crises could escalate into an all-out war. The U.S./U.S.S.R. détente was presented as an applied extension of that thinking. The SALT II pact of the late 1970s continued the work off the SALT I talks, ensuring further reduction in arms by the Soviets and by the US. The Helsinki Accords, in which the Soviets promised to grant free elections in Europe, has been called a major concession to ensure peace by the Soviets.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detente in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

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    The numerical value of detente in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of detente in a Sentence

  1. Mike Pompeo:

    Detente with the regime has failed.

  2. Mike Pompeo:

    Detente with the regime has failed. Cozying up to Cuban dictators will always be a black mark on this great nation's long record of defending human rights.

  3. Elizabeth Dickinson:

    The UAE and Saudi Arabia have allied with distinct Yemeni partners ... Yet to this point in the conflict, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh have worked to maintain a relative detente between competing interests in the south, that is the approach again today.

  4. Willie Delwiche:

    What Trump is saying and what China is responding to would suggest that maybe we are more at a status quo level of a detente than at further deterioration in relationships, we want to see evidence that things aren't deteriorating and if tariffs are getting delayed or rolled back, that's evidence.

  5. Gerald Ford:

    A strong defense is the surest way to peace. Strength makes detente attainable. Weakness invites war, as my generationmy generationknows from four very bitter experiences. Just as Americas will for peace is second to none, so will Americas strength be second to none. We cannot rely on the forbearance of others to protect this Nation. The power and diversity of the Armed Forces, active Guard and Reserve, the resolve of our fellow citizens, the flexibility in our command to navigate international waters that remain troubled are all essential to our security.

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