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Noun: deterrence  di'tur-un(t)s [N. Amer], di'te-run(t)s [Brit]
  1. A negative motivational influence
    - disincentive
  2. A communication that makes you afraid to try something
    - determent, intimidation
  3. The act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety

Derived forms: deterrences

Type of: discouragement, hinderance, hindrance, interference, rational motive

Encyclopedia: Deterrence