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de·ter·rence

deterrence

 
pronunciation:
dih tuh rns
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of deterring.
Due to deterrence from his family, he gave up on his risky venture.They believe that stiffer penalties are a deterrence to crime.
similar words:
discouragement
definition 2: the policy of amassing sufficient offensive nuclear weapons to deter a potential enemy from attacking.
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