Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not causing, involving, or operated by nuclear energy.
  • adj. Not possessing nuclear weapons.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not having nuclear weapons.
  • adj. Not carrying a nuclear warhead; conventional.

Etymologies

non- +‎ nuclear (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here's her brave defense of keeping the book: "the book can say to kids in nonnuclear familes that they -- the kids -- are okay regardless of how we feel about their parents 'life choices."

    Librarians Behaving Badly, First in a Series

  • Brown and Perry were masterful strategists but also caring leaders: Their technological revolution was designed in part to create nonnuclear solutions to our security problems to reduce the risk of ever having to use nuclear weapons.

    The Good Fight

  • Pakistan also garners more attention than other nonnuclear terrorist safe havens such as Somalia or Yemen.

    Pakistan's Nuclear Albatross

  • In other words, Tepperman is addressing both the fact of non-use and the brute death toll disparity between the nonnuclear and nuclear halves of the twentieth century.

    How the End Begins

  • Once there had been a bright line between the nuclear and nonnuclear realm, as there had been between the nuclear and the nonnuclear storage stacks.

    How the End Begins

  • In the past the Israelis have not hesitated to attack nonnuclear powers who give evidence of seeking to become one—the 1981 attack on the Iraqi reactor at Osirak, the 2007 attack on the Syrian reactor at al-Kibar.

    How the End Begins

  • Many of these ideas were criticized by the liberal arms control community for lowering the nuclear threshold, expanding the possibility of first use of nuclear strikes on nonnuclear powers and rogue states.

    How the End Begins

  • In other words, the Russians may have invoked that night what is known as a “nuclear umbrella”—or as U.S. nuclear savants more euphemistically call it, “extended deterrence”—in which a nuclear power uses nuclear threats to deter attacks against a nonnuclear ally.

    How the End Begins

  • In addition the new doctrine lowered the bar to use nuclear weapons on nonnuclear powers—on “rogue states” and “proliferators” such as North Korea and Pakistan, as well as on what are known in the trade as the peer powers of China and Russia.

    How the End Begins

  • Is it more than merely an exponentially higher degree of explosiveness per kiloton that distinguishes nuclear from nonnuclear weapons that has given rise to a taboo?

    How the End Begins

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