deterrence


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

de·ter·rence

 (dĭ-tûr′əns, -tŭr′-)
n.
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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

de•ter•rence

(dɪˈtɜr əns, -ˈtʌr-, -ˈtɛr-)

n.
the act of deterring, esp. of deterring a nuclear attack by the capability for retaliation.
[1860–65]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

deterrence

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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
interference, hinderance, hindrance - the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

deterrence

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

deterrence

noun
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Translations

deterrence

[dɪˈterəns] Ndisuasión f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

deterrence

nAbschreckung f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

deterrence

[dɪˈtɛrns] ndeterrenza
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
Thus there was no spiritual deterrence. My loathing for alcohol was purely physiological.
Proponents of "persistent engagement" have sought to strengthen their case by arguing that deterrence does not work in cyberspace.
ISLAMABAD -- Senior officials insist that deterrence did not fail during the military confrontation between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident.
ISLAMABAD -- Nuclear deterrence led to de-escalation during post-Pulwama military stand-off between India and Pakistan, said a senior official associated with the country's nuclear programme on Friday.
Shaheen-II is a highly capable missile which fully meets Pakistan's strategic needs towards maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region, according to the ISPR.
As far as Pakistan is concerned, declaring the nuclear capability was intended to deliver loud and clear message to India that Pakistan had achieved credible deterrence and to preclude India from initiating any action against Pakistan.
Deterrence for the twenty-first century will not be the nuclear deterrence that keeps superpowers from engaging each other, nor the ad-hoc conventional deterrence that fails to keep perhaps thousands of smaller conflicts from erupting across the globe.
"This weapon system has augmented full spectrum deterrence posture while remaining within the precincts of the policy of credible minimum deterrence, against prevailing and evolving threat spectrum more effectively, including enemy's ballistic missile defence and other air defence systems," the military's media wing said.
This weapon system has augmented full spectrum deterrence posture remaining within the precincts of policy of credible minimum deterrence, including enemy's ballistic missile defence and other air defence systems.
This weapon system has augmented full spectrum deterrence posture remaining within the precincts of policy of credible minimum deterrence, against prevailing and evolving threat spectrum more effectively including enemy's ballistic missile defence and other air defence systems.
SSQ: Your book Conventional Deterrence was published in 1984.