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[yoo-nuh-lat-er-uh-liz-uh m] /ˌyu nəˈlæt ər əˌlɪz əm/
the advocacy or pursuit of a unilateral policy, especially in disarmament.
Origin of unilateralism
First recorded in 1925-30; unilateral + -ism
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unilateralist, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Word Origin and History for unilateralism

1926, from unilateral + -ism. Earliest usages seem to be in the sense of "advocate of unilateral disarmament." Meaning "pursuit of a foreign policy without allies" is attested by 1964.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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unilateralism in Culture
unilateralism [(yooh-nuh-lat-uhr-uh-liz-uhm)]

Action initiated or taken by a single nation rather than by two nations (see bilateralism) or several (see multilateralism). For example, a nation might choose to disarm unilaterally in the hope that others will follow. (See recognition.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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