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

Definition of bilateral in English:


1Having or relating to two sides; affecting both sides: bilateral hearing
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • 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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