from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending to deter: deterrent weapons.
- n. Something that deters: a deterrent to theft.
- n. A retaliatory means of discouraging enemy attack: a nuclear deterrent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Serving to deter, preventing something from happening
- n. Something that deters.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to deter.
- n. That which deters or prevents.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the power or tendency to deter; hindering through fear; preventive.
- n. That which deters or tends to deter.
- n. A substance used in the manufacture of smokeless powder to moderate the violence of the explosion and to diminish sensitiveness to shock. Vaseline, camphor, etc., are so employed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
- adj. tending to deter
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It would seem that shutting off cell phone service in subway tunnels as a deterrent is a waste of time.
And I think sometimes they will do it for, you know, what they call deterrent value, to let the other 2,000 people out there in their situation know that you better not cross the line or this is what's going to happen to you.
In the matter of defence, we should not overlook the fact that one of the key elements in any adversary's assessment of the effectivenes of our deterrent is the state of the resolution and will of the North Atlantic Alliance.
But the reason that this kind of deterrent is insufficient by itself is that the only thing the Board can do is to try to put Humpty Dumpty back together once the boss has smashed him on the ground.
In spite of the guarantees that such a "deterrent" is purported to offer, the very existence and availability of such terrible instruments of death and destruction constitutes a constant threat of catastrophe, about which scientists and the mass-media warn us again and again in the hope of inducing everyone, especially leaders, to reflect.
The deterrent is largely that terrorists not know which flights might have armed agents on board.
A bipartisan congressional commission, headed by some of our most experienced national security practitioners, recently concluded that a nuclear deterrent is essential to our defense for the foreseeable future.
I really think that the Obama administration's decision to make this shift in our nuclear deterrent is ill advised.
New policy – no we can't – the deterrent is now gone.
Maintaining a nuclear deterrent is also important, although I understand why people find it distasteful.