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multilateral Syllabification: mul·ti·lat·er·al
Pronunciation: /ˌməltēˈladərəl/

Definition of multilateral in English:


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.

Words that rhyme with multilateral

bilateral, collateral, equilateral, lateral, quadrilateral, trilateral, unilateral

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