A type of stalemate where it is in the best interest of each opposing side to NOT engage the other.
The USSR and the United States were engaged in nuclear detente throughout the cold war.
by John Adduci July 03, 2006
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by vislaetitia August 30, 2011
A relaxing of tension, especially between nations through negotiations.
Through a series of successful negotiations, a gradual detente has formed between the two nations.
by S4MadMan April 11, 2007