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deterrent
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Definition something that discourages something not wanted
  • How effective is the death penalty as an additional deterrent?
deterrent = something that discourages something not wanted
  • High prices on large quantities of water are used as a deterrent to excessive use when there is a water shortage.
  • deterrent = something that discourages
  • 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
  • deterrent = something that discourages something not wanted
  • As the Wall Street Journal noted, "American [trade] retaliation is supposed to be the nuclear deterrent that forces the rest of the world into submission."
    James Bovard  --  The Myth of Fair Trade  --  http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=1024&print=Y&full=1 (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • A better course for reform would be to change the damages remedy in securities fraud class actions to focus on deterrence.
    Adam C. Pritchard  --  Should Congress Repeal Securities Class Action Reform?  --  http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-471es.html (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Most small creatures were afraid of that snarl, but it had no deterrent effect on Jerry, who continued his steady stalking.
    London, Jack  --  Jerry of the Islands
  • Tanimoto read in the papers that the United States and the Soviet Union were steadily climbing the steep steps of deterrence.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • 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
  • 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
  • "That will probably wake Charlie," he offered as a deterrent.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • The Georgia carried twenty-four Trident missiles, a noteworthy fraction of the country's total deterrent force.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Cedric's frame, now six-foot-one and 190 pounds, proves to be a sufficient deterrent.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • "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
  • Troy will act as a deterrent to such attacks.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The system is an excellent deterrent to your average hacker or electronic thief.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Clouds are no deterrent.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • As he expected, a bird sanctuary in China would be enclosed, a deterrent to poachers.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • 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
  • "If only I thought physical pain was actually a deterrent for you," said Hodge with grim fury.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • "I think you Americans call it deterrence," replied Bernardine.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum

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