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  • 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.†   (source)
  • Which is a more horrifying deterrent: a $500 fine for soliciting a prostitute or the thought of your friends and family ogling you on†   (source)
  • The Georgia carried twenty-four Trident missiles, a noteworthy fraction of the country's total deterrent force.†   (source)
  • "I doubt he called on the dragons for every little dispute," said John, "but the possibility would certainly have been an effective deterrent."†   (source)
  • The intense physical feelings I had when I touched her weren't the deterrent you might have expected.†   (source)
  • Cedric's frame, now six-foot-one and 190 pounds, proves to be a sufficient deterrent.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • It's said to be a deterrent—but in fact, murder rates are higher in death penalty jurisdictions than in those without it.†   (source)
  • She would almost certainly hurt herself in the process, but that wasn't always much of a deterrent, I knew.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The system is an excellent deterrent to your average hacker or electronic thief.†   (source)
  • "I think you Americans call it deterrence," replied Bernardine.†   (source)
  • "That will probably wake Charlie," he offered as a deterrent.†   (source)
  • She has used them as deterrents to defend her throne.†   (source)
  • The fact that their own skin color was proof that it had happened in their own families was no deterrent to their bile.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • It was her personal signature as much as a deterrent to foul play or theft.†   (source)
  • The only deterrent my father discovered was ping-pong balls.†   (source)
  • France armed Israel in its infancy, and without French help Israel would have never developed the nuclear deterrent that allowed it to survive in the hostile Middle East.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Troy will act as a deterrent to such attacks.†   (source)
  • The phrase "deterrent force" had been popular before The Day and effective so long as that force had been unmistakably superior.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • This ending was no deterrent.†   (source)
  • The deterrent principle.†   (source)
  • As he expected, a bird sanctuary in China would be enclosed, a deterrent to poachers.†   (source)
  • That is not nuclear abstraction, that is deterrence.†   (source)
  • That's going to be one heck of a deterrent…."†   (source)
  • Terrorism was everywhere; hostages were prized, deterrents the order of the day.†   (source)
  • Assume for a moment that the death penalty is a deterrent.†   (source)
  • If she catches me again, what better deterrent than me could she wish to have at her disposal?†   (source)
  • Our whole raison d'être was deterrent force.†   (source)
  • The real problem was that, to contain the terrifying danger of nuclear weapons, the politicians and military had built statecraft, and rules of engagement, based on deterrence against known adversaries.†   (source)
  • Rain is no deterrent.†   (source)
  • No, the Deuxième veteran was armed and knew how to use his "deterrence"-there would have been at the least loud gunfire, at the last a room blown apart by a grenade.†   (source)
  • Information is a beacon, a cudgel, an olive branch, a deterrent—all depending on who wields it and how.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • One deterrent that has proven moderately effective is a stiff increase in prison time for anyone caught in possession of an illegal gun.†   (source)
  • Harsh prison terms have been shown to act as both deterrent (for the would-be criminal on the street) and prophylactic (for the would-be criminal who is already locked up).†   (source)
  • And because the death penalty is rarely given for crimes other than homicide, its deterrent effect cannot account for a speck of decline in other violent crimes.†   (source)
  • Any parent who has ever said to a recalcitrant child, "Okay, I'm going to count to ten and this time I'm really going to punish you,— knows the difference between deterrent and empty threat.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Tanimoto read in the papers that the United States and the Soviet Union were steadily climbing the steep steps of deterrence.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • I am going to vow to you in the same words I vowed in to my other husband, and you to me in the same as you used to your other wife; regardless of the deterrent lesson we were taught by those experiments!†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • —There's one thing it hasn't a deterrent effect on, says Alf.†   (source)
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