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multilateral

[muhl-ti-lat-er-uh l]
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adjective
  1. having several or many sides; many-sided.
  2. participated in by more than two nations, parties, etc.; multipartite: multilateral agreements on disarmament.
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Origin of multilateral

First recorded in 1690–1700; multi- + lateral
Related formsmul·ti·lat·er·al·ism, nounmul·ti·lat·er·al·ist, adjective, nounmul·ti·lat·er·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for multilateralism

multilateral

adjective
  1. of or involving more than two nations or partiesa multilateral pact
  2. having many sides
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Derived Formsmultilaterally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for multilateralism

n.

1928, from multilateral + -ism.

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multilateral

adj.

also multi-lateral, 1690s, in geometry, "having many sides," from multi- + Latin latus (genitive lateris) "side" (see oblate (n.)). Figurative use by 1748. Meaning "pertaining to three or more countries" is from 1802. Related: Multilaterally.

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multilateralism in Culture

multilateralism

[(mul-tee-lat-uhr-uh-liz-uhm)]

Trade or diplomatic negotiations among several nations. (See diplomacy and recognition; compare bilateralism (see also bilateralism) and unilateralism.)

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