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Definitions for deterrence
dɪˈtɜr əns, -ˈtʌr-, -ˈtɛr-de·ter·rence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disincentive, deterrencenoun

    a negative motivational influence

  2. determent, deterrence, intimidationnoun

    a communication that makes you afraid to try something

  3. deterrencenoun

    the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety


  1. deterrencenoun

    The act of deterring, or the state of being deterred

  2. deterrencenoun

    Action taken by states or alliances of nations against equally powerful alliances to prevent hostile action

  3. deterrencenoun

    The art of producing in one's enemy the fear to attack

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deterrencenoun

    that which deters; a deterrent; a hindrance


  1. Deterrence

    Deterrence is the use of punishment as a threat to deter people from offending. Deterrence is often contrasted with retributivism, which holds that punishment is a necessary consequence of a crime and should be calculated based on the gravity of the wrong done. The concept of deterrence has two key assumptions: the first is that specific punishments imposed on offenders will "deter" or prevent them from committing further crimes; the second is that fear of punishment will prevent others from committing similar crimes. The notion of deterrence underlines the criminal justice systems in most democratic societies, although punishment and incarceration traditionally have a variety of goals – including incapacitation, punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation. In the United States in particular, sentencing policy initiatives have often been enacted with the goal of enhancing the deterrent effect. Under the rubric of "getting tough on crime", policies such as "mandatory minimums", "truth in sentencing", and "three strikes and you’re out" have been designed to deter offending with the threat of substantial terms of imprisonment.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. deterrence

    The prevention from action by fear of the consequences. Deterrence is a state of mind brought about by the existence of a credible threat of unacceptable counteraction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deterrence in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deterrence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of deterrence in a Sentence

  1. Ben Hodges:

    There will be American equipment and people ineach ofthese countries, we willhave the flexibilityto converge the entire brigade for exercise and that is an important part of the deterrence, to show a war-fightingcapability.

  2. Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry:

    In India, they brought the cold start doctrine, so we have also preserved our deterrence capability.

  3. Koh Yu-hwan:

    Considering the fact that North Korea said the 7-minute test conducted last night was to bolster the strategic nuclear deterrence, the test would likely be related to ICBMs, which North Korea considers a strategic weapon to defend North Korea from adversaries including the United States, north Korea is close to issuing an ultimatum toward United States to come to the negotiating table with new calculations or to return to developing nuclear weapons.

  4. State Mike Pompeo on Monday:

    We're restoring credibility to deterrence.

  5. The United:

    Presidents from both parties, including the Obama administration, have rejected a no-first-use policy because it erodes deterrence, undermines allied confidence in The United States security guarantees and risks emboldening potential adversaries.

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