effective, good, great, powerful, real
the ultimate (esp. BrE)

Defenders of the death penalty regard it as the ultimate deterrent.


They stressed the need for an independent nuclear deterrent.

strategic (esp. AmE)
act as, be, provide

a punishment that will act as a deterrent to other offenders


They were arguing about the deterrent effect of nuclear weapons.

as a deterrent

The bodies of executed criminals were hung on the city gates as a deterrent.

deterrent against

a deterrent against cheating

deterrent for

There is no effective deterrent for these young criminals.

deterrent to

a deterrent to crime

a deterrent to all but the most determined attacker

Deterrent is used with these nouns: ↑effect

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