- having several or many sides; many-sided.
- participated in by more than two nations, parties, etc.; multipartite: multilateral agreements on disarmament.
Origin of multilateral
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Examples from the Web for multilateral
But we should start sharing that burden with other nations and multilateral organizations more than we have.Take John McCain’s Russia Advice and You Might Get Another Cold War
March 3, 2014
“The fact is, President Obama has consistently demonstrated his commitment to multilateral diplomacy,” Rice said.Syrian Opposition Against New Kerry-Lavrov Plan to Avoid Strike
September 10, 2013
The multilateral governance system remains largely unreformed and apparently immune to changes in business practice.Big Idea: The Time for Divided Nations Is Over
August 1, 2013
Asking for recognition by the 192 countries of the U.N., by contrast, is the very definition of “multilateral.”Not Quite A "Badge Of Honor"
November 2, 2012
Prior to his tour in Libya, he was the director of the Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs.Riot After Anti-Islam Film: U.S. Ambassador to Libya Killed
September 12, 2012
The 70s witnessed a proliferation of multilateral assistance programs.After the Rain
The word "multilateral" (many-sided) is a translation of the Greek polypleuros.
The whole poem represents the multilateral character of Hinduism.Ten Great Religions
James Freeman Clarke
Fashion has changed this to "polygonal" (many-angled), the word "multilateral" rarely being seen.
Triangles are of three kinds, the equilateral or three-sided, the quadrilateral or four-sided, and the multilateral or polyglot.Toaster's Handbook
Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
- of or involving more than two nations or partiesa multilateral pact
- having many sides
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Word Origin and History for multilateral
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