• WordNet 3.6
    • n deterrence the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety
    • n deterrence a communication that makes you afraid to try something
    • n deterrence a negative motivational influence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Deterrence That which deters; a deterrent; a hindrance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deterrence The act of deterring, or that which deters; a hindrance; a deterrent.
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  • Robert A. Taft
    Robert A. Taft
    “The only method by which people can be supported is out of the effort of those who are earning their own way. We must not create a deterrent to hard work.”
  • Oprah Winfrey
    “I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism and sexism.”


In literature:

At this date brigandage is one of the greatest deterrents to the prosperous development of the Islands.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Probably arsenic in some form has been, and will continue to be the leading taxidermic preservative, or rather, insect deterrent.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
He had never been unkind, but merely neglectful, unsmiling, coldly deterrent, unapproachable.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
These are deterrent features of wide influence.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
It is now recognized as true that frightful penalties do not exert a proportionately deterrent effect.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The military and regimental police broke up some of these "schools," but this action had, apparently, no deterrent effect.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
But as direct deterrents they cannot conscientiously be recommended.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
With regard to camphor in museums, although it is so constantly used, I consider it of no use as a deterrent.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
They also have a deterrent effect upon cancerous growths.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
As a deterrent to crime, it was once the custom in England to conduct executions in public.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
And the amount of hard liquor consumed on election days and county court days was also a deterrent.
"Religious Life of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century" by George MacLaren Brydon
We require a range of deterrence strategies that are tailored to the situation and the adversary.
"National Strategy for Combating Terrorism" by United States
Slowness is no deterrent.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
The present sentence would not have a deterrent effect, and he accordingly applied for an enhancement of the same.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
It is a deterrent for others, not a healing process for the man himself.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
Punishment appears to fanatics who long for the martyr's crown, no longer a deterrent but an atonement.
"Anarchism" by E. V. Zenker
Their only deterrent has been the fear that we do have the second-stage drive.
"Evil Out of Onzar" by Mark Ganes
What greater or more invincible deterrent could exist to the kindling of a fire?
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
Never did punishment so signally fail as a deterrent.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
This gives a justification of punishment, in so far as deterrent.
"Social Rights And Duties" by Leslie Stephen

In poetry:

The law of God will have him ston'd outright
Who spends in criminal excess his time,
That the fell vice may be unrooted quite,
And others be deterr'd from such a crime.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
"Let not this chief of blessings be deferr'd,
Till you your humble fortunes can improve;
None's poor but he, by sordid fears deterr'd,
Who dares not claim the matchless wealth of Love.
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield

In news:

And reliable so they can continue to provide the deterrent we need so long as other countries have these weapons.
They certainly don't work as deterrents .
The less credible the US deterrent , the more likely other states are to seek weapons.
Our Decaying Nuclear Deterrent .
Straight Talk Is the Best Deterrent to Steroid Use.
Korea increases 'nuclear deterrent '.
Nuclear deterrence a futile myth.
Risk Analysis Finds Nuclear Deterrence Wanting.
Is Nuclear Deterrence Still Moral.
The result was called deterrence.
"From our perspective, the response that Turkey made was appropriate, it also was designed to strengthen the deterrent effect so that these kinds of things don't happen again, and it was proportional ," she said.
"I'm a big deterrent on crime".
Snakebite no deterrent to outdoors.
Staring into the barrel of a.45 can be a huge deterrent for most criminals.
New Blue Jays manager John Farrell says the chance to work in baseball's monster division is an attraction, not a deterrent.

In science:

For example, lack of female role models is a significant deterrent for young female scientists entering the field, reinforcing the second issue listed above.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
However, this has been no deterrent for a large number of brave experimentalists who have verified the wave nature of matter not only for electrons but also for atoms, dimers, neutrons, molecules, nobel gas clusters and even Bose-Einstein condensates.
Quantum interference of molecules -- probing the wave nature of matter
The fact that microscopic black holes have not yet been observed should not be viewed as a deterrent, but rather as a challenge for the new millennium.
Gamma-Ray Summary Report
Technicolor is the only completely natural solution to the gauge hierarchy problem, however it involves strong coupling. I view this as an interesting, compelling challenge rather than a deterrent.
Technicolor Signals at the LHC
Therefore, a sufficient condition for the monotonicity of investment-market size relation is that both effects are of the same sign.6 In the latter model, there is also a strategic entry deterrence effect.
Testing Regression Monotonicity in Econometric Models
Security and access: Site perimeter fencing and site lighting shall serve as the first intruder deterrent systems.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake