Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of DETERRENT

Pronunciation:  di'turunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  2. [adj]  tending to deter; "the deterrent effects of high prices"

DETERRENT is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: balk, baulk, check, handicap, hindrance, impediment, preventative, preventive
 See Also: albatross, bind, difficulty, millstone, obstacle, obstruction



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*ter"rent\, a. [L. deterrens, p. pr. of deterrere.
    See {Deter}.]
    Serving to deter. ``The deterrent principle.'' --E. Davis.
  2. \De*ter"rent\, n.
    That which deters or prevents.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: admonishing, admonitory, alarming, awing, bar, block, blockade, bottleneck, catch, cautionary, cautioning, check, chill, chilling, cold water, cordon, curtain, damp, damper, daunting, determent, deterring, difficulty, disconcerting, discouragement, discouraging, disheartening, disincentive, disinclining, dismaying, disquieting, dissuading, dissuasion, dissuasive, drawback, exemplary, expostulatory, fearful, fear-inspiring, fearsome, forbidding, forestalling, frightening, frightful, hang-up, hazard, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impediment, intimidating, joker, monitorial, monitory, notificational, notifying, objection, obstacle, obstruction, obstructive, one small difficulty, overawing, preclusive, preventative, preventive, prohibitive, prophylactic, rub, scaring, scary, snag, startling, stumbling block, stumbling stone, warning, wet blanket