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unilateral Syllabification: u·ni·lat·er·al
Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞onəˈladərəl/

Definition of unilateral in English:


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.
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.


Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞onəˈladərəlē/ /ˌyo͞onəˈlatrəlē/
Example sentences
  • And if we unilaterally deploy that system, we could very well be at a greater danger.
  • It is much more willing to contemplate the use of force in human affairs, even unilaterally, and much more wary of treaties than its allies.
  • The plan makes it clear the US is ready to act unilaterally, without any outside assistance, to achieve its objective.

Words that rhyme with unilateral

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