from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or formed of two sides; two-sided.
- adj. Affecting or undertaken by two sides equally; binding on both parties: a bilateral agreement; bilateral negotiations.
- adj. Relating to the right and left sides of the body or of a body structure.
- adj. Having or marked by bilateral symmetry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. having two sides
- adj. involving both sides equally
- adj. binding on both parties to an agreement
- adj. having bilateral symmetry
- adj. involving descent or ascent regardless of sex and side of the family
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having two sides; arranged upon two sides; affecting two sides or two parties.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the two sides of a central area or organ, or of a central axis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having two sides; of or pertaining to two sides; two-sided.
- In botany, having the sides different.
- In biology, having the sides symmetrical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having two sides or parts
- adj. affecting or undertaken by two parties
- adj. having identical parts on each side of an axis
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The term "bilateral investment treaty" was brought up, but that's not exactly it.
But this supposition is not true, unless we use the term bilateral contract in its widest sense; but this would be a question about the meaning of words, and would not touch the point at issue.
The United States, however, has shown no enthusiasm for getting involved in what it calls a bilateral issue for Pakistan and India.
The EU has so far preferred to stay out of the deepening row between Moscow and Kiev, saying it does not want to be an arbiter of what it calls a bilateral and commercial dispute.
Current EU attempts to solve the sovereign debt problems in peripheral Europe involve a combination of fiscal austerity and short-term bilateral and multilateral loans to address perceived liquidity issues.
Compared to anemic economic ties during the 1950s and 1960s, today the United States is India's top trading partner with over $61 billion in bilateral trade.
Have you heard of failures in bilateral monopoly situations?
Power being what it is, the weaker party can only get hosed in bilateral negotiations.
Schwartz: Continue to press the Canadian government in bilateral negotiations.
The United States could engage in bilateral discussions with the Cuban government.