Definition of nonnuclear in English:

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Pronunciation: /nänˈn(y)o͞oklēər/


1Not involving or relating to nuclear energy or nuclear weapons.
Example sentences
  • A first-use of nuclear weapons by the US should be unthinkable, and responding to a non-nuclear attack with nuclear weapons violates a central tenet of just war and US military tradition.
  • The US is bound, as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear powers.
  • Therefore it is necessary, already now, to implement diplomatic measures and reach agreement on limiting strategic non-nuclear weapon systems.
1.1(Of a country) not possessing nuclear weapons.
Example sentences
  • The chapter discusses the possibility of nonnuclear countries producing nuclear weapons.
  • In it, nonnuclear countries promise not to acquire nuclear weapons and the five avowed nuclear powers - Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States - promise not to transfer them.
  • Many nonnuclear countries openly threaten to discredit efforts at nonproliferation.
2 Physics Not involving, relating to, or forming part of a nucleus or nuclei.
Example sentences
  • These results point out the difference between the passive diffusion and facilitated spread mechanisms characterizing the nuclear and nonnuclear areas, respectively.
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