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DETERRENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deterrent mean? 

DETERRENT (noun)
  The noun DETERRENT has 1 sense:

1. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

  Familiarity information: DETERRENT used as a noun is very rare.


DETERRENT (adjective)
  The adjective DETERRENT has 1 sense:

1. tending to deter

  Familiarity information: DETERRENT used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DETERRENT (noun)


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Meaning:

Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

deterrent; hinderance; hindrance; impediment; balk; baulk; handicap; check

Hypernyms ("deterrent" is a kind of...):

difficulty (a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deterrent"):

albatross; millstone ((figurative) something that hinders or handicaps)

bind (something that hinders as if with bonds)

diriment impediment ((canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage))

drag (something that slows or delays progress)

obstacle; obstruction (something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted)

straitjacket (anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines)


DETERRENT (adjective)


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Meaning:

Tending to deter

Context example:

the deterrent effects of high prices

Similar:

preventative; preventive (tending to prevent or hinder)


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