Definition of nonnuclear in US English:



  • 1Not involving or relating to nuclear energy or nuclear weapons.

    ‘hazardous, nonnuclear, chemical wastes’
    ‘nonnuclear wars’
    • ‘Editorial writers in the United States saw here ‘an alarming shift in planning,’ wherein Russian leaders now felt ‘obliged to rely on nuclear weapons to defend their frontiers against even a nonnuclear attack.’’
    • ‘They have seen the disparate treatment Americans accord to nuclear and non-nuclear enemies.’
    • ‘The US is bound, as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear powers.’
    • ‘It also explains that nuclear weapons will be ‘integrated with new non-nuclear strategic capabilities,’ according to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.’
    • ‘And let's not forget the sustained buildup of nuclear and nonnuclear forces throughout Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Jake Swinson is from the armaments centre, which develops, tests, evaluates and acquires non-nuclear, air-dropped munitions.’
    • ‘Even a conventional, non-nuclear war could have disastrous consequences for the United States.’
    • ‘Therefore it is necessary, already now, to implement diplomatic measures and reach agreement on limiting strategic non-nuclear weapon systems.’
    • ‘The primary anti-machinery arsenal includes the microwave weapon, the non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse, and the laser weapon.’
    • ‘A bomber can be recalled, rerouted in flight, used as a show of force, or used in a nonnuclear conflict.’
    • ‘The missile defence program was a non-nuclear defensive system that will not threaten other countries.’
    • ‘Strategic offensive capabilities include nonnuclear, even nonkinetic, strikes as well as traditional nuclear force employment.’
    • ‘The main objective, the basic rationale of nuclear preemption is the use of force to deter and, if need be, to stop an act of large-scale non-nuclear aggression.’
    • ‘For example, if several non-nuclear units around the Air Force experience similar failures of a specific vehicle and do not report it, then a severe mishap could occur when a nuclear unit uses that same vehicle.’
    • ‘It is equally applicable to both nuclear and non-nuclear deterrence, especially with regard to ‘threats of the second kind.’’
    • ‘Watts's judgment that nonnuclear antisatellite attacks on individual satellites would be taken seriously by the U.S. leadership but might not lead to war seems plausible.’
    • ‘It will analyze the effects of implosions during non-nuclear mock-up experiments - simulations that will render actual weapons stockpile testing unnecessary.’
    • ‘In their arrogance and recklessness they are openly admitting they plan first-strike nuclear attacks against non-nuclear powers, endangering the very survival of humankind with their hegemonic attitude.’
    • ‘It also provided very general guidelines for the future use of nuclear weapons, declaring that these weapons may be used ‘against targets able to withstand nonnuclear attack’ or ‘in the event of surprising military developments.’’
    1. 1.1 (of a country) not possessing nuclear weapons.
      • ‘He turned the nuclear war strategy upside down when he announced that non-nuclear states could be targeted.’
      • ‘They also have abandoned past pledges and now threaten first use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states.’
      • ‘Without such a pledge, there remains little justification for non-nuclear states to deny themselves the procurement of nuclear weapons.’
      • ‘Since the mid-1970s, the policy has been that the US will not use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear nations.’
      • ‘Indeed, even the general survey of the results of nuclear blackmail efforts against non-nuclear states by nuclear states provides meagre nourishment to the claim about their value as coercive political instruments.’
      • ‘The chapter discusses the possibility of nonnuclear countries producing nuclear weapons.’
      • ‘Under the NPT, non-nuclear nations have agreed not to acquire nuclear weapons, while nuclear powers, including the United States, have committed to eliminating their own stockpiles.’
      • ‘An important trait of the modem nuclear world is the nature of relations between nuclear powers and neighboring non-nuclear countries.’
      • ‘We have been and remain prepared to initiate the use of nuclear weapons - by the decision of one person, the president - against either a nuclear or nonnuclear enemy whenever we believe it is in our interest to do so.’
      • ‘Under the terms of the NPT, the 183 non-nuclear countries have undertaken not to acquire nuclear weapons, and the five overt nuclear states have undertaken to get rid of theirs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The US has also stressed that it would not use nuclear weapons against any non-nuclear nation unless the latter teams up with a nuclear-armed country in attacks against the US or its allies.’
      • ‘The US, Britain and the Soviet Union pledged in 1978 never to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear countries that signed the treaty.’
      • ‘Moreover, it suggests that nonnuclear adversaries could now face nuclear retaliation.’
      • ‘Many nonnuclear countries openly threaten to discredit efforts at nonproliferation.’
      • ‘A series of progressive restraints must be implemented to counteract the NPT'S discriminatory designation of nuclear and non-nuclear states.’
      • ‘He wants to revise Japan's pacifist Constitution, though he insists that it will remain nonnuclear and the principles of Japan as a peaceful country are unchanged.’
      • ‘The treaty unequivocally prohibits the ‘nuclear five’ from transferring nuclear weapons, components or specifications to non-nuclear states.’
      • ‘It has rejected using nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear state, unless that state was allied with a nuclear-capable state.’
      • ‘Dreze in a footnote suggests that nuclear blackmail against non-nuclear states has been credible and effective.’
  • 2Physics
    Not involving or forming part of a nucleus or nuclei.

    • ‘These results point out the difference between the passive diffusion and facilitated spread mechanisms characterizing the nuclear and nonnuclear areas, respectively.’