My debate team's topic is about the use of domestic nuclear energy in the United States. I have been running into trouble with people saying that anything domestic needs to physically happen within the United States. I am specifically arguing the use of nuclear energy in space through SpaceX. Any definitions of domestic would be useful.

  • Is SpaceX's use that big that whether to include it or not makes a meaningful difference?
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    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 20:50
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    – James K
    Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 18:52
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    @JamesK ok, I’ll stop. Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 18:55
  • Maybe you shouldn't said any definition since people will pull out the dictionary definitions. This is supposed to be politics stackoverflow not English Language stackoverflow. Commented Nov 19, 2021 at 21:28

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  1. of or pertaining to one's own or a particular country as apart from other countries: domestic trade.
  2. indigenous to or produced or made within one's own country; not foreign; native: domestic goods.

You generally want to focus on nuclear energy produced by the US and used by the US.

You probably don't need to get too hung up on physical borders, so long as the US is the only country involved, than domestic is an appropriate descriptor.

since most words are open to interpretation, you might want to ask a person in charge if it's okay if the energy in question isn't technically within the US psychical border.

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