Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or a means of deterring.
  • n. Measures taken by a state or an alliance of states to prevent hostile action by another state.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of deterring, or the state of being deterred
  • n. Action taken by states or alliances of nations against equally powerful alliances to prevent hostile action
  • n. The art of producing in one's enemy the fear to attack

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which deters; a deterrent; a hindrance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of deterring, or that which deters; a hindrance; a deterrent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a communication that makes you afraid to try something
  • n. the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety
  • n. a negative motivational influence

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Examples

  • Whatever the case-by-case reality, the popular notion that, through Mossad, Israel knows everything and can reach anywhere is one of the most valuable assets available to a state whose entire doctrine of defense can be summed up in the word deterrence - which doesn't mean Israel is the only country with a foreign intelligence operation inside Iran.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Whatever the case-by-case reality, the popular notion that, through the Mossad, Israel knows everything and can reach anywhere is one of the most valuable assets available to a state whose entire doctrine of defense can be summed up in the word deterrence.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Whatever the case-by-case reality, the popular notion that, through Mossad, Israel knows everything and can reach anywhere is one of the most valuable assets available to a state whose entire doctrine of defense can be summed up in the word "deterrence."

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • That's not the kind of deterrence most people have in mind, but the plain fact is that the United States has on a couple of occasions exercised short - or medium-term deterrence to limit or alter Tehran's behavior.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • As an element of deterrence, on the other hand, the threat to kill ten of theirs for every minor inconvenience to one of ours seems useful and proper, since deterrence is supposed to be a little daft. digamma

    The Damsel Effect

  • It gets to the mindset of this enemy of which you speak, and when you get to issues of proof, deterrence is obviously extremely difficult to prove as an effective strategy.

    Discourse.net: It's Often the Cover-Up that Gets You

  • The great thing about deterrence is that you can bluff it.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Missing Envoy

  • Clinton understands that deterrence is worth the trouble.

    Clinton touts commander-in-chief credentials

  • Mr. McCain appeals to those who believe that deterrence is the threat of striking back with ten times the blow.

    Second Obama Ad Focuses On National Security - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • In any case deterrence is secondary, The primary purpose of law is justice and in some cases there is no doubt and there is no question that death is the only fit punishment.

    Archive 2007-08-19

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