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

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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 Of particular note, diplomats say, any delay in granting inspectors access to nuclear or nonnuclear sites or modest expansion of Iran’s uranium production or nuclear research and development. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Five Options for Iran After Trump’s Withdrawal From Nuclear Pact," 9 May 2018 In fact, across the entire world in the case of a super storm, a solar super storm, the EMP can be made by nature, by the sun, by a solar super storm or it can be made by man via nuclear weapon and it can be made by nonnuclear weapons as well. Fox News, "What threats face America's electrical grid?," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nonnuclear

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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