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Definitions for deterrent
dɪˈtɜr ənt, -ˈtʌr-, -ˈtɛr-de·ter·rent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicapadjective

    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

  2. deterrentadjective

    tending to deter

    "the deterrent effects of high prices"


  1. deterrentnoun

    Something that deters.

  2. deterrentadjective

    Serving to deter, preventing something from happening

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deterrentadjective

    serving to deter

    Etymology: [L. deterrens, p. pr. of deterrere. See Deter.]

  2. Deterrentnoun

    that which deters or prevents

    Etymology: [L. deterrens, p. pr. of deterrere. See Deter.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deterrent

    de-tėr′ent, adj. serving to deter.—n. anything that deters or prevents. [See Deter.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deterrent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deterrent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of deterrent in a Sentence

  1. Bill Schabas:

    The conviction of (Congolese warlord) Thomas Lubanga arguably had a deterrent effect on the use of child soldiers, maybe this will do the same for cultural monument destruction.

  2. Charles Krauthammer:

    [Russia has] a reputation of being utterly ruthless. You don't want to mess with Boris, if this turns out to be an attack on a Russian airliner, they're going to have either their deterrent is going to be diminished, or they're going to have a furious response, which could incidentally help us, cause it would be against ISIS.

  3. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev:

    I believe weapons may and should be bought not only to be used one day, but to be a deterrent factor, this aspect must be considered by both sides of the conflict.

  4. Sigmar Gabriel:

    Why should German taxpayers pay to imprison foreign criminals, the threat of having to spend time behind bars in their home country is far more of a deterrent than a prison sentence in Germany.

  5. Will Hurd:

    The crisis along the border is not new and will continue until we have smart border security, work to address root causes of mass migration from Central American countries and have enough immigration judges to apply consequences for violation of the law. Our strategy to solving our broken immigration system should never include the use of children as a deterrent.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. descant
    • B. exacerbate
    • C. excogitate
    • D. knead

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