deterrent effect meaning, deterrent effect definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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deterrent  

  ( deterrents    plural  )
1       n-count   A deterrent is something that prevents people from doing something by making them afraid of what will happen to them if they do it.  
They seriously believe that capital punishment is a deterrent...     
2       n-count   A deterrent is a weapon or set of weapons designed to prevent enemies from attacking by making them afraid to do so.  
...a nuclear deterrent.     
3       adj   If something has a deterrent effect, it has the effect of preventing people from doing certain things.  
ADJ n  
...his belief in the deterrent value of capital punishment.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
adj.
fairly large, especially large enough to have an effect or be important
[US] The series has aroused considerable interest.
id.
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.

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