an·​ti·​nu·​cle·​ar | \ ˌan-tē-ˈnü-klē-ər , ˌan-ˌtī-, -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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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 Although Belarus was the post-Soviet country most affected by Chernobyl fall-out, its antinuclear movement never attained the proportions of its Ukrainian counterpart. Serhii Plokhy, Time, "The True Cost of the Chernobyl Disaster Has Been Greater Than It Seems," 26 Apr. 2018 In 1983, tens of thousands of antinuclear demonstrators linked arms in a 14-mile human chain spanning three defense installations in rural England, including the Greenham Common US Air Base., "This day in history," 31 Mar. 2018 In 2010, Ayala’s primary care physician had run an ANA test, which detects antinuclear antibodies that attack the body’s tissues. Tatiana Walk-morris, SELF, "What Women of Color Need to Know About Lupus," 20 Feb. 2018 While his supporters lamented the loss of a leader who had made a name with his stirring speeches and stern antinuclear stance, opponents accused the party of lackadaisical vetting. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "Australia Deputy Leader Among 5 to Lose Seats Over Citizenship," 26 Oct. 2017 Corbyn is an old-school British leftist who cut his teeth in the antinuclear protests of the 1980s. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise success tapped into an anti-elite sentiment, but he’s no Donald Trump," 9 June 2017 Antinuclear activists claimed victory, while the government dismissed the result and reconfirmed its plan to build a plant here. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "Bitter Debate Over Nuclear Power Simmers in Rural South Korea," 5 Jan. 2016

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1958, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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an·​ti·​nu·​cle·​ar | \ -ˈn(y)ü-klē-ər \

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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