AskDefine | Define deterrence

Dictionary Definition



1 a negative motivational influence [syn: disincentive] [ant: incentive]
2 a communication that makes you afraid to try something [syn: determent, intimidation]
3 the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Action taken by states or alliances of nations against equally powerful alliances to prevent hostile action
  2. The art of producing in one's enemy the fear to attack

Extensive Definition

Deterrence can refer to:
deterrence in Hebrew: הרתעה
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