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second-strike

[sek-uhnd-strahyk]
adjective
noting, pertaining to, or using nuclear forces capable of withstanding attack and retaliating after an adversary has launched a first strike.

second strike, noun
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second-strike
 
adj
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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