Deterrent - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈtɜːrənt|  American pronunciation of the word deterrent
Brit.  |dɪˈtɛr(ə)nt|  British pronunciation of the word deterrent

noun

- something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress (syn: balk, baulk, check, handicap, hindrance, impediment)
- tending to deter
the deterrent effects of high prices

Examples

the deterrent effects of high prices

Is capital punishment a deterrent to crime?

the deterrent power of nuclear weapons

Word forms

noun
singular: deterrent
plural: deterrents
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