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unitary Line breaks: uni|tary
Pronunciation: /ˈjuːnɪt(ə)ri/

Definition of unitary in English:


1Forming a single or uniform entity: a sort of unitary wholeness
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  • This account refutes the common myths that portray idiocy in colonial America as a unitary concept and it contradicts the notion that the settlers' views on idiocy changed markedly during the colonial period.
  • This was a large-scale Utopian vision, based on the possibility of constructing a new city guided by the concepts of unitary urbanism.
  • It is likely that alcohol abuse is not a unitary concept, and that different instruments measure different aspects of alcohol abuse.
1.1Relating to a system of government or organization in which the powers of the constituent parts are vested in a central body: a unitary rather than a federal state
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  • The facts on the ground point, rather, to a unitary / central system, and Nigerian governments have been preoccupied with distribution rather than production.
  • Other policies include the centralization of state power in a unitary form of government in order to be able to contain the centrifugal forces of ethnicity.
  • Excluding Scotland, with its devalued Parliament, the British system of government is unitary, with sovereignty concentrated in Parliament.
2Relating to a unit or units.


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  • Taken separately, out of order, in alternate versions, the songs are a series of comfortable, upscale bungalows: taken together they unitarily reach and soar above the clouds, an edifice against entropy.
  • Considering all humans to be unitarily identical is, besides being a king-size fallacy, the ultimate intellectual form of inhumanity.
  • Equally open to question is the assumption that the statue's identity is transparently and unitarily determined by the fact or quality of its facial representation.
Pronunciation: /juːnɪˈtarɪti/
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  • In particular, global unitarity is automatically present whenever there is a global time coordinate, but need not be if that condition is not met.
  • Instead, everything would be determined by unitarity, that is, probability conservation, and certain characteristic patterns in the scattering.

Words that rhyme with unitary

monetary • territory
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