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Definition 1: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for deterrent in the sense of this definition

(deterrent is a kind of ...) a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result

"serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"

(... is a kind of deterrent ) (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps

"she was an albatross around his neck"

(... is a kind of deterrent ) something that hinders as if with bonds

(... is a kind of deterrent ) (canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)

(... is a kind of deterrent ) something that slows or delays progress

"taxation is a drag on the economy" "too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"

(... is a kind of deterrent ) something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

"lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement" "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education" "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"

(... is a kind of deterrent ) anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines

"they defected because Russian dance was in a straitjacket" "the government is operating in an economic straitjacket"

Definition 2: tending to deter - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where deterrent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the deterrent effects of high prices

(deterrent is similar to ...) tending to prevent or hinder

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