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[sek-uh nd-strahyk]
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  1. noting, pertaining to, or using nuclear forces capable of withstanding attack and retaliating after an adversary has launched a first strike.
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Related formssecond strike, noun
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  1. (of a nuclear weapon) intended to be used in a counterattack in response to a nuclear attack
  2. (of a strategy) based on the concept of surviving an initial nuclear attack with enough nuclear weaponry to retaliate
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