Definition of unilateral in English:

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unilateral

Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞onəˈladərəl/
/ˌyo͞onəˈlatrəl/

adjective

1(Of an action or decision) performed by or affecting only one person, group, or country involved in a particular situation, without the agreement of another or the others: unilateral nuclear disarmament
More example sentences
  • Workers on both the admin and examining side of the department were angry about this unilateral decision without consultation.
  • Well, that's a unilateral decision as to how the Geneva Conventions are going to be interpreted.
  • Divorce can be by mutual consent or at the initiative of the wife and by the unilateral decision of the husband.
Synonyms
independent, autonomous, solitary, solo, go-it-alone, single-handed, self-determined, maverick, isolationist
2Relating to, occurring on, or affecting only one side of an organ or structure, or of the body.
Example sentences
  • This item is aimed at examining the patient for evidence of a unilateral cerebellar lesion.
  • Temporal bone fractures can cause unilateral sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
  • Medical opinion on the effects of unilateral cryptorchidism has changed.

Words that rhyme with unilateral

bilateral, collateral, equilateral, lateral, multilateral, quadrilateral, trilateral

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Syllabification: u·ni·lat·er·al

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