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detective story a fictional account of how a crime, usu. a murder, is solved by an amateur or professional detective.
detector something or someone that detects. [2 definitions]
detent a mechanical part that temporarily stops the motion of another, such as a catch that controls a clock's striking mechanism; pawl.
détente a diminishing of tension, as between hostile nations.
detention the act or process of delaying or imprisoning, or the condition of being so held. [3 definitions]
detention home a place where juvenile offenders are held in custody, esp. while awaiting a court's disposition of their cases.
deter to stop or discourage from some action by arousing doubt or fear. [2 definitions]
deterge to cleanse, wash, or wipe off.
detergent having the capacity to cleanse. [2 definitions]
deteriorate to decline or become inferior in value or quality; debase. [4 definitions]
determinacy the state of being determinate or determined.
determinant that which is a factor in determining an outcome.
determinate determined by limits or boundaries. [3 definitions]
determination the quality of being determined or resolute. [5 definitions]
determinative able, likely, or acting to determine. [2 definitions]
determine to decide or settle (a question, controversy, or the like) finally and authoritatively. [6 definitions]
determined characterized by determination; resolute. [2 definitions]
determiner someone or something that determines. [2 definitions]
determinism the belief or teaching that every effect, including human thoughts and actions, is completely and predictably determined by preceding causes and that, therefore, free will does not exist.
deterrence the act or process of deterring. [2 definitions]
deterrent that which deters. [2 definitions]