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English definition of “détente”

détente

noun [U]     /deɪˈtɒnt/ US  /-ˈtɑːnt/ formal
an improvement in the relationship between two countries that in the past were not friendly and did not trust each other: The talks are aimed at furthering détente between the two countries .International politics and government
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