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Meaning of deterrence

de•ter•rence

Pronunciation: (di-tûr'uns, -tur'-, -ter'-), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of deterring, esp. deterring a nuclear attack by the capacity or threat of retaliating.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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