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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unilateral mean? 

UNILATERAL (adjective)
  The adjective UNILATERAL has 2 senses:

1. involving only one part or side
2. tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only

  Familiarity information: UNILATERAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

UNILATERAL (adjective)

Sense 1unilateral [BACK TO TOP]


Involving only one part or side


unilateral; one-sided

Context examples:

unilateral paralysis / a unilateral decision


one-party (determined by a single party)


multilateral (having many parts or sides)

Sense 2unilateral [BACK TO TOP]


Tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only


unilateralist; unilateral


direct; lineal (in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child)

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