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downwinder Line breaks: down|wind¦er
Pronunciation: /daʊnˈwɪndə/

Definition of downwinder in English:


chiefly US
A person living downwind of a nuclear test site or reactor, where the risk from fallout or radiation leaks is greatest.
Example sentences
  • Changes focused primarily on definitions and ‘burden of proof’ documents; they did little to address the problems downwinders experience when seeking radiation compensation.
  • During the five-year research period, the author interviewed approximately 200 people in the seven communities, but only about 20 downwinders spoke specifically about radiation compensation.
  • Some downwinders, for example, view test site workers as being better informed than they were about the hazards of radiation and better protected from fallout because they knew of scheduled detonations.
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