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 (dā-tänt′, -täNt′)
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.]

dé·tent′ist n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter of détente; someone who tries to ease political tensions
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) supporting détente; aiming to ease political tensions
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The gap between the detentist foreign policy of the first President Bush and Secretary of State James Baker and the confrontationist foreign policy of Bush's son and Vice President Dick Cheney a handful of years later represents a far bigger distance between two approaches to international affairs than anything seen in Europe during the same period.
Over the years it became fashionable to claim that Reagan had made the transition from Cold War hawk to detentist dove in the middle of his presidency, culminating in the summits and arms agreements of his second term.
There is the detentist who approves the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and the Soviet Union in March 1990.
Like Jackson, they viewed both the left and right with misgivings, attacking Henry Kissinger's detentist brand of realpolitik as defeatist and indifferent to human rights.