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.

  • 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.
  • Having the power or tendency to deter; hindering through fear; preventive.
  • noun That which deters or tends to deter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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


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