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Definition of Deterrence


  1. That which deters; a deterrent; a hindrance.

Deterrence Quotations

No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
Hannah Arendt

What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it's been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima.
John Hersey

Deterrence is the art of producing, in the mind of the enemy, the fear to attack.
Sterling Hayden

Deterrence is still fundamentally about influencing an actor's decisions. It is about a solid policy foundation. It is about credible capabilities. It is about what the U.S. and our allies as a whole can bring to bear in both a military and a nonmilitary sense.
C. Robert Kehler

The only peace that can be made with a dictator is once that must be based on deterrence. For today, the dictator may be your friend, but tomorrow he will need you as an enemy.
Natan Sharansky
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Deterrence Translations

deterrence in Dutch is verjaging, afschrikking
deterrence in French is dissuasion
deterrence in German is Abschreckung {f}
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