[ yoo-ni-ter-ee ]
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  1. of or relating to a unit or units.

  2. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or aiming toward unity: the unitary principles of nationalism.

  1. of the nature of a unit; having the indivisible character of a unit; whole.

  2. serving as a unit, as of measurement or estimation.

  3. of or relating to the use of units: A unitary method was applied.

  4. Government. of or relating to a system of government in which the executive, legislative, and judicial powers of each state in a body of states are vested in a central authority.

Origin of unitary

First recorded in 1810–20; unit, unit(y) + -ary

Other words from unitary

  • u·ni·tar·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unitary


/ (ˈjuːnɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

  1. of a unit or units

  2. based on or characterized by unity

  1. individual; whole

  2. of or relating to a system of government in which all governing authority is held by the central government: Compare federal

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