V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. involving or decided by only one group or country; 2. tracing the lineage of only one parent

Synonyms: independent, one-sided

Antonyms: bilateral, multi-lateral

Tips: In foreign politics, the word unilateral is often used to describe a country that proceeds with an action on itís own, without consulting with other nations. Unilateral can also be used in business to describe a person or group that acts independently.

Usage Examples:

That country's forces operated unilaterally, without the help of armed forces from other nations. (independently) adverb

You canít make unilateral decisions without consulting the group. (one-sided, independent)

The CEO made a unilateral decision, without the approval of the board of directors. (independent, one-sided)

We often make unilateral decisions without consulting our parent company because they take too long to respond to our questions. (independent)

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