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1. The act or a means of deterring.
2. Measures taken by a state or an alliance of states to prevent hostile action by another state.
de•ter•rence(dɪˈtɜr əns, -ˈtʌr-, -ˈtɛr-)
the act of deterring, esp. of deterring a nuclear attack by the capability for retaliation.
The prevention from action by fear of the consequences. Deterrence is a state of mind brought about by the existence of a credible threat of unacceptable counteraction.
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|Noun||1.||deterrence - a negative motivational influence|
rational motive - a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument
|2.||deterrence - a communication that makes you afraid to try something|
discouragement - the expression of opposition and disapproval
|3.||deterrence - the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety|
discouragement - the act of discouraging; "the discouragement of petty theft"
nuclear deterrence - the military doctrine that an enemy will be deterred from using nuclear weapons as long as he can be destroyed as a consequence; "when two nations both resort to nuclear deterrence the consequence could be mutual destruction"