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BILATERAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bilateral mean? 

BILATERAL (adjective)
  The adjective BILATERAL has 3 senses:

1. having identical parts on each side of an axis
2. affecting or undertaken by two parties
3. having two sides or parts

  Familiarity information: BILATERAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BILATERAL (adjective)


Sense 1bilateral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having identical parts on each side of an axis

Synonyms:

bilateral; bilaterally symmetric; isobilateral; bilaterally symmetrical

Similar:

symmetric; symmetrical (having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts)


Sense 2bilateral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affecting or undertaken by two parties

Context example:

a bilateral agreement between the United States and Japan

Similar:

mutual; reciprocal (concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return)


Sense 3bilateral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having two sides or parts

Synonyms:

two-sided; bilateral

Similar:

many-sided; multilateral (having many parts or sides)


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