[ non-noo-klee-er, -nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-ler ]
/ nɒnˈnu kli ər, -ˈnyu- or, by metathesis, -kyə lər /


not utilizing nuclear power, nuclear weapons, etc.: to fight a nonnuclear war.

Origin of nonnuclear

First recorded in 1950–55; non- + nuclear

Pronunciation note

See nuclear. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for non-nuclear



not of, concerned with, or operated by energy from fission or fusion of atomic nucleinon-nuclear weapons
not involving, concerned with, or possessing nuclear weaponsnon-nuclear states
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