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deterrent

de·ter·rent

deterrent

pronunciation:
dih tuh rnt
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
part of speech: noun
definition: that which deters.
These nutrients are thought to be deterrents against cancer.Harsher punishments were put forward as deterrents against crime.They fortified their defenses as a deterrent against attack.
antonyms:
incentive, inducement, stimulant, stimulus
similar words:
discouragement, disincentive, warning
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: able or acting to deter.
Are stronger deterrent punishments necessary to prevent these types of crimes?