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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.]
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter of détente; someone who tries to ease political tensions
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) supporting détente; aiming to ease political tensions