bilateral

[bahy-lat-er-uh l]

adjective

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).

noun

Informal. a bilateral agreement, especially regarding international trade.

Origin of bilateral

First recorded in 1765–75; bi-1 + lateral
Related formsbi·lat·er·al·ism, bi·lat·er·al·ness, nounbi·lat·er·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for bilateralism

bilateral

adjective

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
Derived Formsbilaterally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bilateralism
n.

1852, from bilateral + -ism.

bilateral

adj.

"having two sides," 1775, from bi- + lateral. Related: Bilaterally.

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Medicine definitions for bilateralism

bilateral

[bī-lătər-əl]

adj.

Having or formed of two sides; two-sided.
Having or marked by bilateral symmetry.
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Culture definitions for bilateralism

bilateralism

[(beye-lat-uhr-uh-liz-uhm)]

Trade dealings between two countries.

Note

Bilateral agreements often create special terms for specific goods traded between two countries.

bilateralism

[(beye-lat-uhr-uh-liz-uhm)]

Trade or diplomatic relations between two countries. (See diplomacy and recognition; compare multilateralism and unilateralism.)

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