One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An attack with nuclear weapons designed to destroy the enemy's nuclear weapons before their use.‘a preemptive first strike’as modifier ‘a first-strike weapon’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If other elements are factored into the polling - should we wait for allied support, should we give the U.N. more time for diplomacy, for example - a majority of us oppose a first-strike approach.’
- ‘It was seen as a first-strike weapon and a very destabilizing presence in the bilateral relationship.’
- ‘We believe it will be used in a first-strike capacity.’
- ‘At the same time, Denmark is a full member of Nato, a nuclear alliance based on the nuclear first-strike principle.’
- ‘These are advanced first-strike aircraft that can evade radar, which the military plans to fund to the tune of $200 billion over the next 25 years.’
- ‘Useful only in a first-strike scenario, communications from the transmitter would alert submarines to begin operations, leading to a potential launch of their nuclear weapons.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It doesn't casually threaten first-strike use of nuclear weapons.’
- ‘We've already got more than enough for deterrence and a first-strike ability.’
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