from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Tending to deter.
  • noun Something that deters.
  • noun A retaliatory means of discouraging enemy attack.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the power or tendency to deter; hindering through fear; preventive.
  • noun That which deters or tends to deter.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Serving to deter.
  • noun That which deters or prevents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Serving to deter, preventing something from happening
  • noun Something that deters.

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

  • noun something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  • adjective tending to deter


Sorry, no etymologies found.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.