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

Examples of antinuclear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Baerbock has been co-leader of the Greens since 2018 as the party transformed from its roots in the more antinuclear, environmentalist movements to the more mainstream party. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 That prospect marks a coming of age for a party that grew out of grass-roots ecological and antinuclear activism of the 1980s. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2021 But persistent confusion over what had happened and the extent of the danger, compounded by dire warnings by antinuclear activists, left the public disconcerted. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2020 The Rocky Flats cleanup was officially completed in 2004; however, numerous scientists, nuclear experts, local citizens, and antinuclear activists argue the cleanup is far from finished. Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 The antinuclear movement provided the seedbed for defense conversion to germinate. Michael Brenes, The New Republic, 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, 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, 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, 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of antinuclear

1958, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Antinuclear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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