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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unilaterally, one-sidedlyadverb

    in a unilateral manner; by means of one part or party

    "they worked out an agreement unilaterally"


  1. unilaterallyadverb

    In a unilateral way.


  1. unilaterally

    Unilateralism is any doctrine or agenda that supports one-sided action. Such action may be in disregard for other parties, or as an expression of a commitment toward a direction which other parties may find disagreeable. As a word, unilateralism is attested from 1926, specifically relating to unilateral disarmament. The current, broader meaning emerges in 1964. It stands in contrast with multilateralism, the pursuit of foreign policy goals alongside allies. Unilateralism and multilateralism represent different policy approaches to international problems. When agreement by multiple parties is absolutely required—for example, in the context of international trade policies—bilateral agreements (involving two participants at a time) are usually preferred by proponents of unilateralism. Unilateralism may be preferred in those instances when it is assumed to be the most efficient, i.e., in issues that can be solved without cooperation. However, a government may also have a principal preference for unilateralism or multilateralism, and, for instance, strive to avoid policies that cannot be realized unilaterally or alternatively to champion multilateral solutions to problems that could well have been solved unilaterally. Unilateralism as first course of action can be viewed as an act of aggression or hard power, unilateral sanctions violate the United Nations Charter and inhibit development of developing countries.Unilateral action is often elected on behalf of independent leaders with nationalist tendencies and a strong distrust for the intentions of other countries' intervention. In recent years, unilateral action is adjacent with nationalism, protectionism and rejection towards institutions that embody multilateral approach. i.e, the United States adopting protectionist trade policy during the mi-2010s against the multilateral interests of the World Trade Organization.Unilateralism, if unprovoked, has the potential to disrupt the peaceful upholding of sovereignty and territorial integrity that global security depends upon. Unilateral coercive measures against smaller states put a strain on goals of sustainable development. Examples include arbitrarily imposed economic sanctions such as the United States embargo against Cuba.Typically, governments may argue that their ultimate or middle-term goals are served by a strengthening of multilateral schemes and institutions, as was many times the case during the period of the Concert of Europe.


  1. unilaterally

    Unilaterally refers to an action or decision that is done or taken by one individual, group, country, or party, without the agreement, consultation, or participation of others. It is often used in a political or legal context to describe actions that are independent and self-determined.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unilaterally in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unilaterally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of unilaterally in a Sentence

  1. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy:

    She can not change the laws of this Congress. She can not unilaterally decide we're in an impeachment inquiry, what she said today made no difference of what's been going on. It's no different than what( House Judiciary Chairman Jerry) Nadler has been trying to do.

  2. Yisrael Katz:

    We feel it is misguided and harmful for The Democratic-led House to unilaterally declare a broad range of nonviolent campus criticism of Israel to be anti-Semitic, especially at a time when the prime driver of anti-Semitism in this country is the xenophobic, white nationalist far-right.

  3. Tim Kaine:

    I still think there's a real issue about the US attempting to provoke stuff, i think the Trump administration would like Americans to believe that it's Iran acting, or potentially acting, unilaterally against us, but I think the US is trying to provoke them.

  4. Pat Lynch:

    Now that the city has moved to unilaterally impose a mandate, we will proceed with legal action to protect our members’ rights.

  5. Jan Dietrich Mueller:

    The customer (I.M. Skaugen) had cancelled the negotiations unilaterally.

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