Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, on, relating to, involving, or affecting only one side: "a unilateral advantage in defense” ( New Republic).
  • adj. Performed or undertaken by only one side: unilateral disarmament.
  • adj. Obligating only one of two or more parties, nations, or persons, as a contract or an agreement.
  • adj. Emphasizing or recognizing only one side of a subject.
  • adj. Having only one side.
  • adj. Tracing the lineage of one parent only: a unilateral genealogy.
  • adj. Botany Having leaves, flowers, or other parts on one side only.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. done by one side only
  • adj. affecting only one side of the body
  • adj. binding or affecting one party only

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being on one side only; affecting but one side; one-sided.
  • adj. Pertaining to one side; one-sided.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • One-sided; of or pertaining to one side only.
  • In botany, one-sided; either originating on one side of an axis or all turned to one side, as the flowers of a unilateral raceme.
  • Placed on one side only of a surface; unifacial, as a set of polypites.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving only one part or side
  • adj. tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only

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Examples

  • The institute also outlined in its report what it described as unilateral and uncoordinated government reforms: among them, national compensation rules that could cause "serious labor-market distortions," it said.

    IIF Says Domestic Bailouts Hurt Capital Markets

  • PENHAUL: In what they described as a unilateral goodwill gesture, the FARC did free two hostages last week, including Betancourt's former vice presidential running mate, Clara Rojas.

    CNN Transcript Jan 16, 2008

  • The group sought a stop to what it termed the unilateral imposition of a new pension fund in Johannesburg, an end to corruption and nepotism, and "effective cross-subsidisation from rich to poor and from business to domestic consumers".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The parliamentary branch of the trade union on Friday morning applied for the interdict, against Parliament and its presiding officers, to stop what it terms the unilateral implementation of a performance management system.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • However, Israel has declared in recent days what it calls a unilateral cease-fire, saying that it will not take any offensive action, that it will act only in self defense.

    CNN Transcript May 25, 2001

  • The African National Congress has rejected what it termed the unilateral reappointment of outgoing members of the National Monuments Council by the Minister of National Education.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • They have complained about what they term the unilateral restructuring of the South African Post Office and Telkom, and also about alleged moves to undermine the government's reconstruction and development programme.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The agreement came a day after Mwasa threatened industrial action over what it termed unilateral plans by Argus to restructure the company, putting the jobs of many Mwasa members on the line.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The Western Cape region of the Pan Africanist Congress has come out in support of its negotiating team refusing to sign what it called the unilateral suspension of hostilities in Kempton Park on Tuesday, SABC radio news reported.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • His South Korean counterpart, Park Ro-byug, said the current agreement was drafted in the days when South Korea was what he called a "unilateral recipient" of American help in civil nuclear engineering.

    NYT > Home Page

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