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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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Similarly, the more culpable wrongdoer is generally more aware of the consequences of his act and so more deterrable by the threat of punishment.
154) It is also important to note that deterrence cannot be the primary sentencing goal of a juvenile offender because juvenile offenders are less deterrable due to their reduced ability to reason and weigh consequences.
has no great need for weapons it never intends to use; any enemy who cannot be deterred by America's overwhelming conventional military might is simply not deterrable.
Once again, the narrower--albeit still tangible--scope of discretion typically available to child soldiers suggests that they would be even less deterrable than adults.
If the truth is that custodial interrogation without Miranda waivers does not violate the Constitution, does not violate the Miranda evidentiary rule, and does hot constitute deterrable misconduct, any statements thus obtained have legitimate investigative and evidentiary uses:
1976) (sentencing a nursing home operator, prominent sentencing reformer Judge Marvin Frankel noted, "[W]e continue to include among our working hypotheses a belief (with some concrete evidence in its support) that crimes like those in this case--deliberate, purposeful, continuing, non-impulsive, and committed for profit--are among those most likely to be generally deterrable by sanctions most shunned by those exposed to temptation.
95) In one of those cases, the Supreme Court says it is cruel and unusual to execute people who are mentally retarded, because they are neither deterrable nor blameworthy.
China, with only 72 intercontinental nuclear missiles, is eminently deterrable and not a credible nuclear threat; it has no answer for the United States' second-strike capability and the more than 2,000 nuclear weapons with which the United States could strike China.
The other problem with the Davis formulation is the Court's belief that recklessness is more deterrable than negligence.
Criminal liability is usually justified on the grounds that certain behavior is particularly blameworthy or is only deterrable with especially strong sanctions.
They may not be deterrable no matter what the cost to their own population.
The argumentation suffers from occasional internal inconsistency, such as declarations that the Islamic Republic is not deterrable, but then listing occurrences when it was in fact, deterred.