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1. A relaxing or easing, as of tension between rivals.
2. A policy toward a rival nation or bloc characterized by increased diplomatic, commercial, and cultural contact and a desire to reduce tensions, as through negotiation or talks.
[French; see detent.]
détente(deɪˈtɑːnt; French detɑ̃t)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the relaxing or easing of tension, esp between nations
[French, literally: a loosening, from Old French destendre to release, from tendre to stretch]
or de•tente(deɪˈtɑnt, -ˈtɑ̃t)
a relaxing of tension, esp. between nations.
[1905–10; < French; see detent]
1. A French diplomatic term meaning reduction of tension between two countries with opposing policies; used especially in reference to US—USSR relations from 1968 onward.
2. A policy or situation in which tension between rival nations is relaxed.
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