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[dee-noo-klee-uh-rahyz, -nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-luh-]
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verb (used with object), de·nu·cle·ar·ized, de·nu·cle·ar·iz·ing.
  1. to remove nuclear weapons from (a country, region, etc.).
  2. to prohibit the deployment or construction of nuclear weapons in (a country, region, etc.).
Also especially British, de·nu·cle·ar·ise.

Origin of denuclearize

First recorded in 1955–60; de- + nuclear + -ize
Related formsde·nu·cle·ar·i·za·tion, noun

Pronunciation note

See nuclear.
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British Dictionary definitions for denuclearize



  1. (tr) to deprive (a country, state, etc) of nuclear weapons
Derived Formsdenuclearization or denuclearisation, noun
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