unary

[yoo-nuh-ree]

Origin of unary

1570–80; < Latin ūn(us) one + -ary, on the model of binary
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British Dictionary definitions for unary

unary

adjective
  1. consisting of, or affecting, a single element or component; monadic

Word Origin for unary

C16 (in the obsolete sense: a unit): from Latin unus one + -ary
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Word Origin and History for unary
adj.

1923, from Latin unus "one" (see one) on model of binary, etc.

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