deterrent deterrent  /dɪ ˈtɜr rənt/


  1. (n) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  2. (adj) tending to deter


  1. It would serve as a useful deterrent to both China and North Korea.
  2. Schlesinger reasoned that neu tron bombs would constitute a credible deterrent.
  3. That is really the deterrent.


  1. Policy to Arm Teachers with Guns on Hold

    EAGLE POINT, Ore. – A southern Oregon school board is considering arming teachers with guns. Wednesday night, Eagle Point School board members made the decision to discuss the procedures and policy’s before moving forward. Board chairman Scott Grissom said it would be a deterrent if an active shooter ever came on school campuses. Board member Jim … Continue reading »
    on June 13, 2013     Source: NewsWatch 12 Medford - Klamath Falls

  2. Generics and Some Brands May Lose $7 Billion Pain Market as Pisgah Labs Develops Abuse Deterrent Products

    PISGAH FOREST, N.C., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As controversy surrounds the recent FDA decisions concerning abuse deterrent forms of oxycodone drug products, Pisgah Laboratories, Inc. ( ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. The Stroller: 'All for it'

    Sally Cannon of Spartanburg mentions every deterrent from firing squad to a noose and the chain gang for criminals bent on killing or harming law-abiding folks. "Bring back the chain gang. I'm all for it," she says. "I think the nonviolent criminals should be put on the chain gang instead of sitting in a cell with a cot and three square meals a day and twiddling their thumbs while the taxpayers ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Spartanburg Herald-Journal


  1. "This is a test for the disposition of the Department of Justice to serve as an intervenor and a deterrent" to hate crimes and discrimination, Jackson said.
    on Sep 23, 2007 By: Jesse Jackson Source: TIME

  2. "The Russians have thousands of warheads. The idea that somehow you can stop the Russian strategic nuclear deterrent with a few interceptors just doesn't make sense," Dr Rice told reporters in Norway before a Nato meeting with Sergei Lavrov, the...
    on Apr 27, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: Times Online

  3. "In these circumstances, it would be unwise and dangerous for Britain alone of any of the nuclear powers to give up its independent nuclear deterrent," the British prime minister said.
    on Dec 4, 2006 By: Tony Blair Source: International Herald Tribune

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