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unilateralism

[yoo-nuh-lat-er-uh-liz-uh m]
noun
  1. the advocacy or pursuit of a unilateral policy, especially in disarmament.
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Origin of unilateralism

First recorded in 1925–30; unilateral + -ism
Related formsu·ni·lat·er·al·ist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for unilateralism

n.

1926, from unilateral + -ism. Earliest usages seem to be in the sense of "advocate of unilateral disarmament." Meaning "pursuit of a foreign policy without allies" is attested by 1964.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

unilateralism in Culture

unilateralism

[(yooh-nuh-lat-uhr-uh-liz-uhm)]

Action initiated or taken by a single nation rather than by two nations (see bilateralism) (see also bilateralism) or several (see multilateralism). For example, a nation might choose to disarm unilaterally in the hope that others will follow. (See recognition.)

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