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  • How effective is the death penalty as an additional deterrent?
  • the deterrent effects of high prices
  • The only deterrent my father discovered was ping-pong balls.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I think about burying the body, but a cold part of my mind tells me that this is still the best deterrent I could have.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • "If only I thought physical pain was actually a deterrent for you," said Hodge with grim fury.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • One afternoon, she was tempted to steal a book from the class bookshelf, but frankly, the prospect of another corridor Watschen at the hands of Sister Maria was a powerful enough deterrent.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • In theory, it’s supposed to be electrified twenty-four hours a day as a deterrent to the predators that live in the woods — packs of wild dogs, lone cougars, bears — that used to threaten our streets.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Tanimoto read in the papers that the United States and the Soviet Union were steadily climbing the steep steps of deterrence.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • This ending was no deterrent.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Like the majority of American law-enforcement officials, Dewey is certain that capital punishment is a deterrent to violent crime, and he felt that if ever the penalty had been earned, the present instance was it.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood

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  • I indulged in the hope that only the ground-floor flats, set on fire as a deterrent, would burn, and the tenants would come back as soon as their papers had been checked.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Cedric’s frame, now six-foot-one and 190 pounds, proves to be a sufficient deterrent.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • —There’s one thing it hasn’t a deterrent effect on, says Alf.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Still another psychological deterrent can be attained by conditioning Negroes so that they have to pay deference to the white person with whom they come in contact.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Judging from the fact that sixteen of the thirty expeditions on Everest last spring were climbing on the Nepalese side of the mountain, the high cost of obtaining a permit doesn’t seem to have been a significant deterrent.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It was a good deterrent.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • If others make fun of you because you do well in school, don’t let that be a deterrent.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • Clouds are no deterrent.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The Georgia carried twenty-four Trident missiles, a noteworthy fraction of the country’s total deterrent force.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The fact that their own skin color was proof that it had happened in their own families was no deterrent to their bile.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • As he expected, a bird sanctuary in China would be enclosed, a deterrent to poachers.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It’s said to be a deterrent—but in fact, murder rates are higher in death penalty jurisdictions than in those without it.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • This was very well so far, for furmity, as the woman had said, was nourishing, and as proper a food as could be obtained within the four seas; though, to those not accustomed to it, the grains of wheat swollen as large as lemon-pips, which floated on its surface, might have a deterrent effect at first.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • III But under the various deterrent influences Jude’s instinct was to approach her timidly, and the next Sunday he went to the morning service in the Cathedral church of Cardinal College to gain a further view of her, for he had found that she frequently attended there.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The entire thing was surrounded by an electrified chain-link fence at least twelve feet high, topped with razor wire, in case getting repeatedly shocked with five thousand volts wasn’t enough of a deterrent.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • If it were not for the Church of Christ there would be nothing to restrain the criminal from evil-doing, no real chastisement for it afterwards; none, that is, but the mechanical punishment spoken of just now, which in the majority of cases only embitters the heart; and not the real punishment, the only effectual one, the only deterrent and softening one, which lies in the recognition of sin by conscience.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The phrase "deterrent force" had been popular before The Day and effective so long as that force had been unmistakably superior.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The system is an excellent deterrent to your average hacker or electronic thief.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • It was her personal signature as much as a deterrent to foul play or theft.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Troy will act as a deterrent to such attacks.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • She has used them as deterrents to defend her throne.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • "I think you Americans call it deterrence," replied Bernardine.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • "That will probably wake Charlie," he offered as a deterrent.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • The intense physical feelings I had when I touched her weren’t the deterrent you might have expected.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • The deterrent principle.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Which is a more horrifying deterrent: a $500 fine for soliciting a prostitute or the thought of your friends and family ogling you on www.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • "I doubt he called on the dragons for every little dispute," said John, "but the possibility would certainly have been an effective deterrent."
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Tonight, I would like to talk about another kind of strength, the true source of American power that transcends all of the deterrent powers for peace of our Armed Forces.
    Gerald R. Ford  --  A War That is Finished
  • I’m not sure if Jase actually liked Raisin Bran or if seeing me locked in a closet was enough of a deterrent to make him eat it, but he seemed to be her favorite and immune to the closet torture.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • The rain had stopped at last, but the northeast wind that had kept the river free of the British fleet was blowing still, and this, with an ebb tide, was proving no less a deterrent to an American retreat.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Green bottle shards poked up from the mortar at the top of the wall to dissuade intruders—robbery and petty theft were rampant in Addis—though the sight of roses lapping over the wall softened this deterrent.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • And in cooperation with many of our allies, the United States is pursuing the Strategic Defense Initiative—research to base deterrence not on the threat of offensive retaliation, but on defenses that truly defend; on systems, in short, that will not target populations, but shield them.
    Ronald Reagan  --  Tear Down This Wall Speech
  • God has willed that this shall not be and we have at least a breathing space to set our house in order before this peril has to be encountered: and even then, if no effort is spared, we should still possess so formidable a superiority as to impose effective deterrents upon its employment, or threat of employment, by others.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech
  • God has willed that this shall not be and we have at least a breathing space to set our house in order before this peril has to be encountered: and even then, if no effort is spared, we should still possess so formidable a superiority as to impose effective deterrents upon its employment, or threat of employment, by others.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Sinews of Peace Speech
  • At one o’clock the festivities were still under way, held together partly by the leaden palsy of drink, partly by the unusual pleasure of making a night of it, partly by the effect of Peeperkorn’s personality, and partly by the deterrent example offered by Saint Peter and friends, whose weakness of the flesh no one wanted to emulate.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Information is a beacon, a cudgel, an olive branch, a deterrent—all depending on who wields it and how.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • If she catches me again, what better deterrent than me could she wish to have at her disposal?
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • That is not nuclear abstraction, that is deterrence.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Assume for a moment that the death penalty is a deterrent.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Not only did all those police act as a deterrent, but they also provided the manpower to imprison criminals who might have otherwise gone uncaught.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
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