deterrent example

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Noun1.deterrent example - punishment intended as a warning to others; "they decided to make an example of him"
admonition, word of advice, monition, warning - cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness); "a letter of admonition about the dangers of immorality"; "the warning was to beware of surprises"; "his final word of advice was not to play with matches"
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This objective scientific method has a tendency to become sternly judicial, and in extreme cases she even seems to be using her weak or imperfect characters as deterrent examples.
They dismissed threatening statements from Musharraf's camp as "cry in the wilderness" and said for the first time a dictator who abrogated the constitution twice was being held to account to set a deterrent example.
It was widely felt the execution took place because Lord Melbourne wanted a scapegoat to blame for the rising and to set a deterrent example to others.