de·ter·rence /di-'tər-əns, -'ter-/ n: the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear esp. of punishment
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
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
- 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 allII index control (restriction), deterrent, disadvantage, disincentive, fetter, impasse, prohibition, restraint
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
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.
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.
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