deterrence

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Etymology[edit]

From the stem of deterrent +‎ -ence.[1]

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deterrence (countable and uncountable, plural deterrences)

  1. The act of deterring, or the state of being deterred.
  2. Action taken by states or alliances of nations against equally powerful alliances to prevent hostile action.
  3. The art of producing in one's enemy the fear of attacking.
    1. (specifically) nuclear deterrence: discouraging nuclear attack through the threat of nuclear retaliation.
  4. The action of discouraging an action or event by instilling doubt or fear of the penalty or punishment.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “deterrence”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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