Definitions for unilateralˌyu nəˈlæt ər əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

u•ni•lat•er•alˌyu nəˈlæt ər əl(adj.)

  1. relating to, occurring on, or involving one side only.

  2. undertaken or done by or on behalf of one side, party, or faction only; not mutual:

    unilateral disarmament.

  3. having only one side or surface; without a reverse side or inside, as a Möbius strip.

    Category: Math

  4. Law. pertaining to a contract in which obligation rests on one party only.

    Category: Law

  5. Bot. having all the parts disposed on one side of an axis, as an inflorescence.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. through forebears of one sex only, as through either the mother's or father's line.

    Category: Anthropology

    Ref: Compare bilateral (def. 5). 5

Origin of unilateral:

1795–1805; < NL ūnilaterālis. See uni -, lateral


Princeton's WordNet

  1. unilateral, one-sided(adj)

    involving only one part or side

    "unilateral paralysis"; "a unilateral decision"

  2. unilateral(adj)

    tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only


  1. unilateral(Adjective)

    done by one side only

  2. unilateral(Adjective)

    affecting only one side of the body

  3. unilateral(Adjective)

    binding or affecting one party only

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unilateral(adj)

    being on one side only; affecting but one side; one-sided

  2. Unilateral(adj)

    pertaining to one side; one-sided; as, a unilateral raceme, in which the flowers grow only on one side of a common axis, or are all turned to one side

Translations for unilateral

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


representing only one aspect of a subject

a one-sided discussion.

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