an·​ti·​nu·​cle·​ar | \ ˌan-tē-ˈnü-klē-ər How to pronounce antinuclear (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antinuclear (audio) , -ˈnyü-, nonstandard -kyə-lər \

Definition of antinuclear

1 : opposing the use or production of nuclear power
2 : tending to react with cell nuclei or their components (such as DNA) antinuclear antibodies

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Recent Examples on the Web The antinuclear movement provided the seedbed for defense conversion to germinate. Michael Brenes, The New Republic, "Lessons From the Long Movement to Defund the Military," 18 June 2020 Safety concerns, heightened by the 2011 disaster in Fukushima, Japan, have hit the whole industry hard, particularly in the West, where antinuclear groups are vocal and influential. New York Times, "Coming to a Country Near You: A Russian Nuclear Power Plant," 21 Mar. 2020 So, too, against apartheid and in the global antinuclear movement. The youth climate movement is different, say those who study social protests. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Protesting Climate Change, Young People Take to Streets in a Global Strike," 20 Sep. 2019 For Francis, the antinuclear message is the centerpiece of his three-day trip to Japan, the second half of a journey that began in Thailand. Washington Post, "In Nagasaki, Pope Francis calls for abolishing nuclear weapons," 24 Nov. 2019 Like the abolitionists in the 19th century, the suffragists in the early 20th century and the antinuclear groups at the century’s end, a transnational, non-electoral political movement may be an effective mechanism for change. The Economist, "Party politics is dying, so make citizen movements the new unifier," 1 Nov. 2019 As part of the antinuclear physicians group, Muller reached out to Russian doctors. Robert Weisman,, "Passing the torch: Cardiologist prepares younger colleagues to confront nuclear threat," 12 July 2019 Following revelations that cash-poor North Korea is expecting others to cover the costs of its accommodations in Singapore, the antinuclear weapons group ICAN and the hotel booking site offered to foot the bill. John Hudson, Washington Post, "A cryptocurrency for marijuana is backing Dennis Rodman’s trip to Singapore," 7 June 2018 The bunker mentality of nuclear engineers has been matched by the hysteria of some antinuclear campaigning. Fred Pearce, Time, "How the 'Compulsive Secrecy’ of the Atomic Age Has Changed the Way We Think," 22 May 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Antinuclear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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an·​ti·​nu·​cle·​ar | \ -ˈn(y)ü-klē-ər How to pronounce antinuclear (audio) \

Medical Definition of antinuclear

: being antibodies or autoantibodies that react with components and especially DNA of cell nuclei and that tend to occur frequently in connective tissue diseases (as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjögrens syndrome)

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