Definition of nuclear threshold in US English:

nuclear threshold


  • A point in a conflict at which nuclear weapons are or would be brought into use.

    • ‘Not violating Pakistan's perceived nuclear threshold emerges as one of the major constraints in any decisive application of Cold Start Doctrine.’
    • ‘They also contend the obligatory destruction of the U.S. chemical-warfare capability will lead to a decrease in chemical-defense funding and a lowering of the U.S. nuclear threshold.’
    • ‘Often computers will propose things that humans will not, as when computers cross the nuclear threshold in war games while humans will not.’
    • ‘They have come to the brink of a conflict twice in Kashmir since they crossed the nuclear threshold in 1998.’
    • ‘What is the nuclear threshold today, and how do other nations know how far they can go before they have crossed it?’
    • ‘The neighbors have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947 and have come close to two conflicts since the both countries crossed the nuclear threshold in early 1998.’
    • ‘The two countries have fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir, since 1947 and have come close to a conflict twice since they crossed the nuclear threshold in May 1998.’
    • ‘And secondly, once we, as we say, cross the nuclear threshold, it's an entirely different set of problems.’
    • ‘And this might convince him that such would not result in a nuclear response, i.e., raise the nuclear threshold for this while conspicuously lowering it for anthrax.’
    • ‘And it might be added that all three of these nuclear gatecrashers were headed by democratically elected leaders when they made their crucial decisions to cross the nuclear threshold.’
    • ‘North Korea, many people believe has crossed the nuclear threshold quietly.’
    • ‘In other words NATO was ready to cross the nuclear threshold first, to terminate the attack.’
    • ‘India, with its conventional superiority should have long ago made it clear that it was prepared to fight ‘through’ a conventional war - that it had no belief in a nuclear threshold.’
    • ‘If we go over the nuclear threshold it's hard to predict what would come next.’
    • ‘Since crossing the nuclear threshold in 1998, they have twice come close to conflict over Kashmir.’
    • ‘Iraq leads the seven countries that are lined up before America's diminishing nuclear threshold.’
    • ‘China and the US share a desire not to see North Korea cross the nuclear threshold.’
    • ‘This meant that Prithvi's deployment would lower the nuclear threshold, especially since movement of short-range missile batteries to launch points could be easily detected by the adversary.’