de|ter|rent [dıˈterənt US -ˈtə:r-] n
1.) something that makes someone less likely to do something, by making them realize it will be difficult or have bad results
The small fines for this type of crime do not act as much of a deterrent .
deterrent to/for/against
Window locks are an effective deterrent against burglars.
the deterrent effect of prison sentences
2.) nuclear deterrent
the ↑nuclear weapons that a country has in order to prevent other countries from attacking it
>deterrence n [U]

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