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nonproliferation

[non-proh-lif-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌnɒn proʊˌlɪf əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
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.
adjective
3.
pertaining to diplomatic agreements limiting the spread of nuclear weapons.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; non- + proliferation
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British Dictionary definitions for non-proliferation

nonproliferation

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

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

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