Definition of nonproliferation in US English:

nonproliferation

noun

  • The prevention of an increase or spread of something, especially the number of countries possessing nuclear weapons.

    ‘the members will continue to pursue nonproliferation and threat reduction projects globally’
    as modifier ‘a nuclear nonproliferation agreement’
    • ‘For example, we should still pay attention to human rights, non-proliferation, free trade, and democracy.’
    • ‘The importance of the active non-proliferation strategy should grow in a stable and predictable world order.’
    • ‘Adapting the traditional non-proliferation and arms control regimes to the changing world will hardly be an easy process.’
    • ‘We agree with Holdstock and Waterston that all efforts must be made for non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘In addition to starting up its nuclear reactors, it has expelled UN inspectors and is withdrawing from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.’
    • ‘One thing is absolutely sure: in the matter of genetics, like the Internet and nuclear non-proliferation, no country can go it alone.’
    • ‘In this context, I would also like to reiterate that India's track record in nuclear non-proliferation is impeccable.’
    • ‘This makes the problem of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction highly topical.’
    • ‘He put heart and soul into negotiating the 1968 non-proliferation agreement.’
    • ‘Other issues include non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘Some agreements, whether on naval matters in the 1930s or on nuclear non-proliferation since 1945, have been criticized as inherently discriminatory.’
    • ‘It would be the end of any nuclear non-proliferation agreement.’
    • ‘This would seem to undermine the whole idea of nuclear non-proliferation.’
    • ‘Military intervention, he argued, can hardly serve as an instrument of enforcing nuclear non-proliferation.’
    • ‘A new nuclear non-proliferation policy begins with the principle that we can no longer keep the nuclear genie in the bottle.’
    • ‘‘This would end nuclear non-proliferation worldwide, and leave us much less secure than we are today,’ the senator said.’
    • ‘Nuclear non-proliferation was generally considered a desirable objective by most of the states that signed the NPT.’
    • ‘It is still the world community's general desire and priority to settle urgent non-proliferation problems by political and diplomatic methods.’
    • ‘The government must seize the initiative and begin revamping the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘As a first step, Labor will commission a new and independent assessment of non-proliferation and disarmament strategies.’

Pronunciation

nonproliferation

/ˌnɑnprəˌlɪfəˈreɪʃ(ə)n//ˌnänprəˌlifəˈrāSH(ə)n/