post·​nu·​cle·​ar ˌpōs(t)-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ər How to pronounce postnuclear (audio)
variants or post-nuclear
: of, relating to, occurring in, or suggestive of a period following a nuclear war
… a macho street hero who arrives to clean up a tough town in a postnuclear tomorrow.Fred Robbins
… a post-nuclear thriller about an astronaut … struggling to stay alive amid earth's devastation.TV Guide
… a postnuclear landscape of poverty and blight …Richard Corliss

Examples of postnuclear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even the most mundane tasks of our chamber—and therefore of the Biden presidency—would become much harder, not easier, in a postnuclear 50-50 Senate. Mitch McConnell, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2021 And, while it hasn’t been eulogized with the same fanfare as the other formative HBO dramas, to my eye, Six Feet Under’s vision of a diverse and porous postnuclear family is unrivaled in both prescience and earned sentiment. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, 16 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postnuclear was in 1950

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“Postnuclear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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