Definition of "deterrence"
  1. A concept in law enforcement where potential criminal behavior is discouraged due to a fear of punishment
How to use "deterrence" in a sentence
  1. The prison sentence served as a deterrence for potential criminal activities by others in the community.
  2. To establish deterrence, the judge decided on a harsher punishment for the offender's actions.
  3. The increased presence of police in the area acted as a deterrence against crime.

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