[ noo-klee-uh-riz-uh m, nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-luh- ]
/ ˈnu kli əˌrɪz əm, ˈnyu- or, by metathesis, -kyə lə- /


a political philosophy maintaining that nuclear weapons are the best means of assuring peace and of attaining political goals.

Origin of nuclearism

First recorded in 1965–70; nuclear + -ism

Related forms

nu·cle·ar·ist, nounnu·cle·ar·is·tic, adjective

Pronunciation note

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