Definition of near-nuclear in English:

near-nuclear

adjective

  • Of or designating nations which do not possess nuclear weapons, but which are believed to have, or to be close to having, the capacity to make them.

noun

  • A near-nuclear nation.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in The Economist. From near + nuclear.

Pronunciation

near-nuclear

/ˌnɪəˈn(j)uːklɪə/