The easing of hostility or strained relations, especially between countries: his policy of arms control and detente with the Soviet Union
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- They are nostalgic for the good old days of detente - superpower summits, arms control, and discussions about balancing American and Russian power in regional conflicts.
- The chief architects of the superpower detente were President Richard Nixon and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger.
- The description aptly described the new diplomacy of detente emerging from the 1972 super-power summit.
early 20th century: from French détente, 'loosening, relaxation'.