deterrence


deterrence
de·ter·rence /di-'tər-əns, -'ter-/ n: the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear esp. of punishment

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

deterrence
I noun abridgment, active discouragement, admonition, barrier, block, blockade, caveat, check, compulsion, constraint, constriction, contraindication, contretemps, control, curb, detainment, deterrent, discouragement, disincentive, dissuasion, extinguishment, forestalling, frustration, halt, hindrance, hurdle, impediment, impedition, inhibition, interference, intimidation, legal restraint, limitation, means of restraint, monition, obstacle, obstruction, opposition, preclusion, prevention, prohibition, prophylaxis, proscription, quashing, repression, resistance, restraint, restriction, stop, striction, stumbling block, suppression, thwaiter associated concepts: deterrence of crime foreign phrases:
- Nemo prudens punit ut praeterita revocentur, sed ut futura praevenlantur. — No wise man punishes in order that past things may be revoked, but that future wrongs may be prevented
- Poena ad paucos, metus ad omnes perveniat. — If punishment be inflicted on a few, a fear comes to all
II index control (restriction), deterrent, disadvantage, disincentive, fetter, impasse, prohibition, restraint

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


deterrence
A theory that criminal laws are passed with well-defined punishments to discourage individual criminal defendants from becoming repeat offenders and to discourage others in society from engaging in similar criminal activity

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


deterrence
A theory that criminal laws are passed with well-defined punishments to discourage individual criminal defendants from becoming repeat offenders and to discourage others in society from engaging in similar criminal activity.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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