non·​nu·​cle·​ar | \ ˌnän-ˈnü-klē-ər How to pronounce nonnuclear (audio) , -ˈnyü-, nonstandard -kyə-lər How to pronounce nonnuclear (audio) \

Definition of nonnuclear

1 : not nuclear: such as
a : being a weapon whose destructive power is not derived from a nuclear reaction
b : not operated by, using, or produced by nuclear energy
c : not using or involving nuclear weapons
2 : not having nuclear weapons a nonnuclear country

Examples of nonnuclear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The proposed budget would cut the Energy Department’s nonnuclear programs by 28.7 percent, while increasing spending on nuclear security by 19 percent. Jennifer Liberto, Washington Post, "What Trump proposed in his 2021 budget," 10 Feb. 2020 The Navy contracts with private shipyards and other firms for maintenance on nonnuclear surface ships. USA TODAY, "Liquid oozes onto highway, red squirrels rising, floods, oysters, exploding ATM: News from around our 50 states," 24 Dec. 2019 That’s a serious accident, but other nonnuclear industrial accidents have been worse. Joshua S. Goldstein And, WSJ, "Only Nuclear Energy Can Save the Planet," 11 Jan. 2019 But there is an animating concept in this home, an echo of the theme that has powered Star’s shows: the idea of the nonnuclear family as a circle. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "Darren Star’s New York Loft is Not What You Would Expect from the Sex and the City Creator," 16 Apr. 2019 But the agency must have credible reasons for concern to visit a nonnuclear site and discuss that first with Iran. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "U.N. Atomic Agency Rebuffs Israeli Criticism Over Iran Sites," 2 Oct. 2018 Worries over nuclear weapons have led many to push for a nonnuclear world. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you," 19 Oct. 2018 There are plenty of nonnuclear options available — such as launching airstrikes to try to take out an adversary’s nuclear arsenal. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you," 19 Oct. 2018 Kim has no intention of going nonnuclear alone or going first. Jane Vaynman, Washington Post, "There are signs North Korea is still working on its nuclear program. Here’s why ‘denuclearization’ is so problematic.," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of nonnuclear

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonnuclear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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