Share this entry

Share this page

bilateral

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

Definition of bilateral in English:

adjective

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.

Derivatives

bilaterally

1
adverb
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.

Definition of bilateral in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…