deterrence deterrence  /dɪ ˈtɜ rəns/


  1. (n) a negative motivational influence
  2. (n) a communication that makes you afraid to try something
  3. (n) the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety


  1. Walls aside, what Israel sorely misses is the capacity to strike fear into its neighbors, deterrence.
  2. They want to feel confident that deterrence works the other way and that they could retaliate effectively against an American attack on them.
  3. The idea of deterrence can be quickly reduced to very personal rudiments: If I know I will be punished so severely, I will not commit the crime.


  1. CLAAD Petitions FDA To Reject Opioid Medications Without Safety Features

    WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD) joined in signing a Citizen Petition filed today urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fully implement the Obama administration's policy supporting a market transition to safer opioid medications. The petition asks that the FDA reject applications for new opioid medications ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! News

  2. 'Comment of the Day'

    Said grtfulguy The NYPD cant be everywhere and the camera's are also helpful in finding criminals after the crimes as well as a deterrence.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Staten Island Advance


  1. "I guess I would say that I was engaged in my own form of strategic deterrence," said Gates, who for the past two years has talked only of his desire to return home to Washington state. "It was my hope that if I made enough noise about how...
    on Dec 2, 2008 By: Robert Gates Source: Denver Post

  2. "The question is not whether to create deterrence, but when," Public Security Minister Avi Dichter, a member of Olmert's ruling Kadima party, told Israel Radio.
    on Sep 11, 2007 By: Avi Dichter Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "The Ministry of Defence's ability to maintain continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrence from 2024 is open to doubt," committee chairman Edward Leigh said.
    on Mar 19, 2009 By: Edward Leigh Source: WalesOnline

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