Definition of first strike in English:

first strike

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noun

  • An attack with nuclear weapons designed to destroy the enemy’s nuclear weapons before use: a pre-emptive first strike [as modifier]: a first-strike weapon
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    • It was seen as a first-strike weapon and a very destabilizing presence in the bilateral relationship.
    • Ministers and Defence chiefs are understood to be in advanced negotiations over developing a new range of much smaller and cheaper nuclear weapons that could be used to launch first-strike attacks on enemies.
    • This made it both a first-strike weapon, capable of decimating entire regions, thus incapacitating the enemy, or making it a retaliatory weapon, capable of exacting revenge.

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