weapons of mass destruction

pl n

nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons that can cause indiscriminate death or injury on a large scaleAbbreviation: WMD
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Culture definitions for weapons of mass destruction

weapons of mass destruction


Weapons that can produce devastating results when delivered in a single strike. They include nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

Note

One of the great challenges of the twenty-first century will be to constrain the proliferation and use of such weapons, especially by terrorists (see terrorism).
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