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I've just lost a word I use frequently whenever talking about the reasons for punishments.

The word should (I think) fill the blank: Punishments, such as jail time, __ people from doing crime.

The word is related to stopping, hindrance, incentive, restrict, etc.

In this usage, it should also imply that it stops people from committing crime because they don't want to go to jail. Jail also stops people from committing crimes because they can't leave jail. It should fit both of these simultaneously.

I hope this isn't too far of a stretch.

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You seem to have mentally misplaced the word deter and the various words created from it using derivational morphology.

There are many synonyms of hinder and deter, but one normally thinks of deterrence as a (potential) factor in doling out criminal penalties.

Things like restrain, obstruct, impede, and dissuade aren’t at all so common for this purpose.

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DETERRENCE! That's what I was looking for. Like I said, it was a common word that I had lost, so the word was pretty simple; I just had a brain fart. No where did I attempt to spell deter, though, so you should really just remove the first line. Further more, that's more appropriate for a comment, anyway. I'm guessing that's why you got down voted. –  Nathan Sep 28 '13 at 2:46
    
@Nathan You’re welcome: deterrence is a fine word, far better than something like say disincentization. 😜 And not to be confused with detersion either. 😈 I wasn’t sure whether you wanted a noun or a verb. 😔 –  tchrist Sep 28 '13 at 2:47
    
Oh. My bad. I thought that said misspelled. Everything looks good then. –  Nathan Sep 28 '13 at 2:59

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