unilateral

[ yoo-nuh-lat-er-uh l ]
/ ˌyu nəˈlæt ər əl /

adjective

RELATED WORDS

Origin of unilateral

From the New Latin word ūnilaterālis, dating back to 1795–1805. See uni-, lateral

Related forms

u·ni·lat·er·al·i·ty, nounu·ni·lat·er·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unilateral

unilateral

/ (ˌjuːnɪˈlætərəl) /

adjective

of, having, affecting, or occurring on only one side
involving or performed by only one party of severalunilateral disarmament
law (of contracts, obligations, etc) made by, affecting, or binding one party only and not involving the other party in reciprocal obligations
botany having or designating parts situated or turned to one side of an axis
sociol relating to or tracing the line of descent through ancestors of one sex onlyCompare bilateral (def. 5)
phonetics denoting an (l) sound produced on one side of the tongue only

Derived Forms

unilateralism or unilaterality, noununilaterally, adverb
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Medicine definitions for unilateral

unilateral

[ yōō′nə-lătər-əl ]

adj.

On, having, or confined to only one side.

Related forms

u′ni•later•al•ly adv.
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