- pertaining to, involving, or affecting two or both sides, factions, parties, or the like: a bilateral agreement; bilateral sponsorship.
- located on opposite sides of an axis; two-sided, especially when of equal size, value, etc.
- Biology. pertaining to the right and left sides of a structure, plane, etc.
- Chiefly Law. (of a contract) binding the parties to reciprocal obligations.
- through both parents equally: bilateral affiliation.Compare unilateral(def 7).
- Informal. a bilateral agreement, especially regarding international trade.
Origin of bilateral
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Examples from the Web for bilateral
Now the question in Colombia, is, will a bilateral ceasefire be announced in coming days?
In the past, Santos has been stubbornly opposed to a bilateral ceasefire, but his position on the issue may be shifting.
Al-Huthaili is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and the two countries are not bound by a bilateral extradition treaty.Saudi Beauty Says She Robbed Banks for Her Mafia Lover
May 10, 2014
Kirby said this would include "exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences."Pentagon Freezing Its Relationship With Russian Military
March 4, 2014
“This is a bilateral issue,” he said Wednesday through his spokesman, Martin Nesirsky.Italian Pirate-Fighting Marines On Trial
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 14, 2014
This is, in substance, an evasion of the bilateral provision in the constitution.Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams.
The first three have bilateral, the last has radial symmetry.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
Are not almost all brains a little wanting in bilateral symmetry?Over the Teacups
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
In rare instances the eruption has been observed to be bilateral.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin
Henry Weightman Stelwagon
This is a bilateral contract, and either may sue the other for a breach.Commercial Law
Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
- having or involving two sides
- affecting or undertaken by two parties; mutuala bilateral treaty
- denoting or relating to bilateral symmetry
- having identical sides or parts on each side of an axis; symmetrical
- sociol relating to descent through both maternal and paternal lineageCompare unilateral (def. 5)
- British relating to an education that combines academic and technical courses
- a bilateral meeting
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Word Origin and History for bilateral
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having or formed of two sides; two-sided.
- Having or marked by bilateral symmetry.