• synonyms


See more synonyms for unitary on Thesaurus.com
  1. of or relating to a unit or units.
  2. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or aiming toward unity: the unitary principles of nationalism.
  3. of the nature of a unit; having the indivisible character of a unit; whole.
  4. serving as a unit, as of measurement or estimation.
  5. of or relating to the use of units: A unitary method was applied.
  6. 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.
Show More

Origin of unitary

First recorded in 1810–20; unit, unit(y) + -ary
Related formsu·ni·tar·i·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for unitary

respective, singular, personal, sole, lone, specific, single, separate, particular, original, special, simple, private, individual, homogeneous, unified, concerted, undivided, linked, unanimous

Examples from the Web for unitary

Contemporary Examples of unitary

Historical Examples of unitary

British Dictionary definitions for unitary


  1. of a unit or units
  2. based on or characterized by unity
  3. individual; whole
  4. of or relating to a system of government in which all governing authority is held by the central governmentCompare federal
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unitary


1816; see unit + -ary.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper