Definition of multilateral in English:


Syllabification: mul·ti·lat·er·al
Pronunciation: /ˌməltēˈladərəl
, ˌməltēˈlatrəl


1Agreed upon or participated in by three or more parties, especially the governments of different countries: multilateral negotiations multilateral nuclear disarmament
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  • He was outlining our multilateral disarmament policy.
  • The multilateral negotiations offer us the best opportunities as a trading nation.
  • Our interests are best protected not by unilateral action but by multilateral agreement and a world order governed by rules.
1.1Having members or contributors from several groups, especially several different countries: multilateral aid agencies
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  • It is not, and was never meant to be, a multilateral development aid agency for the poorer countries of Europe.
  • It is a multilateral aid programme and operates on the basis of voluntary contributions pledged at irregular intervals.
  • The first Chennai Water Supply Project, also funded by the multilateral agency, was completed six years ago.



Pronunciation: /-ˌlizəm/
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  • The debate, of course, isn't between unilateralism and multilateralism.
  • The countries that normally provide peacekeepers tend to do it because they have some commitment to multilateralism and to the UN.
  • Part of the problem is that multilateralism and international collaboration are necessarily unheroic and inherently full of compromises.


adjective& noun
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  • The UN is an organization through which we multilateralists thought the United States ought to have worked.
  • His League of Nations may have been multilateralist by design, but its significance paled in comparison to the Peace of Versailles, which was imposed on Europe by the victorious Anglo-Franco-American cabal.
  • I am neither a liberal multilateralist nor a neo-con unilateralist. ‘lateralisms’ are means, not ends.


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  • Indeed, the importance of the distinction between unilateral and multilateral is often overstated, since all countries pursue their interests both unilaterally and multilaterally.
  • The six parties undertook to promote economic cooperation in the fields of energy, trade and investment, bilaterally and/or multilaterally.
  • Western Europeans want to believe that all international disputes can be resolved amicably, or as they call it, diplomatically, and multilaterally.

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