[non-proh-lif-uh-rey-shuh n]
  1. the action or practice of curbing or controlling an excessive, rapid spread: nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.
  2. failure or refusal to proliferate, as in budding or cell division.
  1. pertaining to diplomatic agreements limiting the spread of nuclear weapons.

Origin of nonproliferation

First recorded in 1960–65; non- + proliferation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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    1. limitation of the production or spread of something, esp nuclear or chemical weapons
    2. (as modifier)a nonproliferation treaty
  1. failure or refusal to proliferate
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Word Origin and History for non-proliferation

also nonproliferation, 1965, from non- + proliferation; originally in reference to nuclear weapons.

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