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tr.v. de·terred, de·ter·ring, de·ters
1. To prevent or discourage from acting, as by means of fear or doubt: threats that did not deter her from speaking out; skin chemicals that deter predators.
2. To prevent or discourage (an action or behavior): installed surveillance cameras to deter vandalism.
3. To make less likely or prevent from happening: protocols to deter infection.

[Latin dēterrēre : dē-, de- + terrēre, to frighten.]

de·ter′ment n.
de·ter′ra·ble adj.
de·ter′rer n.


able to be deterred
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If they do acquire nuclear weapons, however, they are imminently deterrable.
We also believe, though, that we may come into contact with nation-states or non-state actors that are not deterrable, that are not affected by arms control measures," he continued.
By contrast, the Bush team devoted most of its energy to supposed axis-of-evil "state sponsors," like Saddam Hussein, who in truth were little more than interested onlookers and were usually deterrable.
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intelligence community sees Iran's leadership as deterrable, and that Iran's cost-benefit calculations would respond to military alternatives to attacking Iran's nuclear facilities--such as theater missile defenses--or the containment approach suggested by General John Abizaid.
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