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Noun: deterrent  di'tur-unt [N. Amer], di'te-runt [Brit]
  1. Something that acts to discourage certain behaviour or action
    - discouragement
  2. Something that interferes with (or delays) action or progress
    - hindrance, hinderance, impediment, balk, baulk [Brit], check, handicap
Adjective: deterrent  di'tur-unt [N. Amer], di'te-runt [Brit]
  1. Tending to deter
    "the deterrent effects of high prices"

Derived forms: deterrents

See also: preventative, preventive

Type of: difficultness, difficulty, fix [informal], hole [informal], jam [informal], kettle of fish [informal], mess [informal], muddle [informal], pickle [informal]

Encyclopedia: Deterrent