Definition of bilateral in English:


Line breaks: bi|lat¦eral
Pronunciation: /bʌɪˈlat(ə)r(ə)l


  • 1Having or relating to two sides; affecting both sides: bilateral hearing
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    • Audiological testing showed major bilateral sensorineural hearing loss by 12 weeks.
    • Angiogram showing bilateral occlusions of superficial femoral arteries in thighs.
    • However, severe side effects may occur, including bilateral necrosis of the hip and gastric ulceration.
  • 2Involving two parties, especially countries: the bilateral agreements with Japan
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    • It is not easy for third parties to intervene in bilateral contentious litigation.
    • Countries have instead resorted to bilateral trade agreements in a bid to gain tariff reduction up to zero percent.
    • A bilateral agreement with Mexico allows workers to come to Canada for harvesting and planting.



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  • The advantage of running these small programmes bilaterally is that we can often identify an issue, work up a project and secure funding for it relatively quickly.
  • Expanding free trade bilaterally, regionally, and ultimately, globally, is part and parcel of an ongoing response to those attacks.
  • We need to sustain a coalition of nations that cooperates bilaterally and multilaterally with us in the counter terrorism mission.

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