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 Trump and earlier presidents also imposed sanctions on Iran over nonnuclear issues, including its ballistic missile program, its support for terrorist groups and human rights abuses. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2020 The blast was one of the biggest nonnuclear explosions in global history. Kim Ghattas, The Atlantic, 1 Nov. 2020 To stay within the limits of the New START treaty, the U.S. sealed four launch tubes on each of its Trident II submarines and converted some B-52H bombers to a nonnuclear role. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2020 In The Button, co-written with Tom Collina of the Ploughshares Fund, Perry argues that there is a realistic scenario in which the world’s dominant conventional military power needs nuclear weapons to deter or respond to nonnuclear threats. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 13 Aug. 2020 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, 10 Feb. 2020 The Navy contracts with private shipyards and other firms for maintenance on nonnuclear surface ships. USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2019 That’s a serious accident, but other nonnuclear industrial accidents have been worse. Joshua S. Goldstein And, WSJ, 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, 16 Apr. 2019

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1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonnuclear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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