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noun as in impediment, restraint

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Freeman’s industry contacts made it clear that 90 days in jail wouldn’t be much of a deterrent.

The pair also are requesting that Congress give the FTC power to issue large civil penalties to first-time offending businesses as a further deterrent to engaging in schemes like Amazon’s, which FTC commissioners called “outrageous.”

From Vox

While collecting wastage data is a good business practice, O’Leary said it is most useful as a deterrent against vaccine providers mishandling or discarding doses irresponsibly.

The stock market’s record altitude was no deterrent to individual investors last month, who in true 2020 fashion ended the year snapping up shares.

From Fortune

Criminologists find that other consequences of problematic drug use – such as harm to health, reduced quality of life and strained personal relationships – are more effective deterrents than criminal sanctions.

This is supposed to act as a deterrent, but may be an incitement.

The Iranians thought they needed a credible nuclear deterrent, even if it was virtual, to assure the survival of their regime.

Prosecutors described the verdict and the sentencing as a “deterrent.”

Still, there may be a deterrent for women that is far less spoken about, at least in polite circles.

Concealed carry is good for responding to a crime in progress; open carry is a deterrent to it.

As an adjunct of the policy of the deterrent workhouse for the able-bodied, we have to note the coming-in of compulsory detection.

It is clear that a sentence of a year or two, or even more each time that a crime is committed, does not act as a deterrent.

To this it may be answered that punishment for crime is not intended to be retaliatory, but admonitory and deterrent.

It was the infinite pity of His heart that led Him to use a word which might prove the very strongest deterrent.

Quay accommodation is no object to such visitors; intricate navigation no deterrent.


On this page you'll find 38 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to deterrent, such as: disincentive, hindrance, obstacle, bridle, check, and curb.

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