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[non-noo-klee-er, -nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-ler] /nɒnˈnu kli ər, -ˈnyu- or, by metathesis, -kyə lər/
not utilizing nuclear power, nuclear weapons, etc.:
to fight a nonnuclear war.
Origin of nonnuclear
1950-55; non- + nuclear
Pronunciation note
See nuclear. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After discussing these issues, pathways toward acceptance of nuclear and nonnuclear energy systems are examined.
  • The electrical equipment failures of both nuclear and nonnuclear public utilities were reviewed.
  • The site supports research and development activities, including launching rockets and carrying experimental nonnuclear payloads.
  • It only provides a nonnuclear replication of what occurs in a real nuclear weapon when the primary stage implodes.
  • Many of these are disregarded because of their depth or similarity to other events known to be nonnuclear, such as mine blasting.

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