Definition of unilateral in English:


Line breaks: uni|lat¦eral
Pronunciation: /juːnɪˈlat(ə)r(ə)l


  • 1(Of an action or decision) performed by or affecting only one person, group, or country involved in a situation, without the agreement of another or the others: unilateral nuclear disarmament
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    • 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.
  • 2Relating to or affecting only one side of an organ, the body, or another structure: unilateral cerebral lesions
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    • 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.



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  • 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.

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