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Definition of deterrence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

deterrence

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈterəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrəns//
 
[uncountable] (formal)
 
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the fact of making somebody less likely to do something His view is that prison sentences must be long enough to satisfy the requirements both of retribution and deterrence.