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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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.
To this end it is necessary for the courts, as Mr Corbett points out, not only to punish those wh o have offended but to set a deterrent example to others who might be tempted to do the same.