• WordNet 3.6
    • adj deterrent tending to deter "the deterrent effects of high prices"
    • n deterrent something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Deterrent Serving to deter. "The deterrent principle."
    • n Deterrent That which deters or prevents.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deterrent Having the power or tendency to deter; hindering through fear; preventive.
    • n deterrent That which deters or tends to deter.
    • n deterrent A substance used in the manufacture of smokeless powder to moderate the violence of the explosion and to diminish sensitiveness to shock. Vaseline, camphor, etc., are so employed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Deterrent de-tėr′ent serving to deter
    • n Deterrent anything that deters or prevents
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deterrens, p. pr. of deterrere,. See Deter


In literature:

To begin with, there is, of course, the very strong deterrent of rigid punishment for such an offence.
"With The Immortal Seventh Division" by E. J. Kennedy and the Lord Bishop of Winchester
But there was a deterrent even to their now limited service.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
But Youth ignores such deterrent probabilities.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
The school has in most cases been a deterrent to their progress, rather than a help.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
I was told again and again that too much concentration of thought on the part of the audience was deterrent.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
She could envisage just how much efficient, deterrent chaperonage her husband would supply.
"Play the Game!" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Another deterrent lay in the inexperience of our carpenters and masons, not one of whom had even built a chimney.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Eliminate evil thoughts and deterrent influences.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
And we may believe that he has certainly been too sweeping in denying any deterrent efficacy whatever to the fires of hell.
"Diderot and the Encyclopædists" by John Morley
He is certain to be found, as are any of the deterrent people in the Pilgrim's Progress.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth

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:

What Role for Abuse- Deterrent Formulations.
Joel Rechlicz recalled to serve as deterrent to Sharks.
Paula Deen's diabetes not a deterrent to fans.
Studio City/NoHo adopts 'Hats Off' crime deterrent program.
Record heat no deterrent to fishing fun.
After all, deterrence describes just one thing you can do with the weapons, rather than the weapons themselves, which can just as easily be used to intimidate or obliterate.
Military officials say the intercontinental ballistic missiles, known as Prompt Global Strike weapons, are a necessary new form of deterrence against terrorist networks and other adversaries.
Nuclear arms have formed the backbone of US deterrence strategy for six decades.
How to Protect Our Nuclear Deterrent .
They say their evaluation of the existing research does not favor either side in the long-running debate about deterrence and the death penalty.
Seattle City Light tries osprey deterrent on utility poles.
America's 450 launch-ready land-based nuclear-armed ballistic missiles are the opposite of a deterrent to attack.
Former death-row inmates: death penalty immoral , no deterrent.
Bluff, Deterrence, and the Madman Theory.
Mearsheimer (Op-Ed, March 24) makes all the smart arguments for the Indian nuclear 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