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Unilateral in a Sentence

Examples of unilateral in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of unilateral, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - involving only one part or side

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EXAMPLES - Unilateral in a Sentence

  1. He's coming here to talk about his so-called unilateral or convergence plan. (source)
  2. Niger Delta (MEND) said it was calling a unilateral ceasefire until further notice. (source)
  3. Notice the recent "unilateral" - clamp-down on Iran by the US-led banking syndicate. (source)
  4. Cheng urged Ma to avoid "wishful thinking" and end what he called unilateral compromise. (source)
  5. The Palestinians' approach is often referred to as a unilateral declaration of statehood. (source)
  6. They opposed what they called the unilateral decision and alleged bias in the allotment of works. (source)
  7. Of course, a certain unilateral flavour in a Quebec referendum is forcing Canada to redefine itself. (source)
  8. Both McCain and Obama support the idea of unilateral strikes in Pakistan if necessary to attack terrorists. (source)
  9. Nkunda called a unilateral cease-fire last week when his forces reached the outskirts of Goma, but the truce has crumbled. (source)
  10. We have unilateral aka no-fault divorce in nearly every state, in which one spouse can force the other parent to get divorced. (source)
  11. He called the unilateral option one of the "balloons inflated in the last two years by those who thought we might be threatened." (source)
  12. May 13 against what they call a unilateral imposition of semester-based syllabi in undergraduate courses of the science department. (source)
  13. Also, there are problems vis a vis conflict management with the idea of unilateral withdrawl and the negotiation position of Israel. (source)
  14. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon founded the centrist Kadima Party on the idea of unilateral withdrawal for the purpose of gaining peace. (source)
  15. U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Michigan), called the unilateral move "deeply disturbing," as he opened a Congressional hearing on China's currency practices. (source)
  16. And while the idea of unilateral redistricting reform is a tough one for blue state fans, I don't think it means you abandon the idea of reform altogether. (source)
  17. But, still, the idea of unilateral disarmament at -- in diplomacy with Raul Castro and Fidel Castro is not appealing, I think, to the vast majority of Cubans. (source)
  18. Now they have more positive relations around the world than ever before -- Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia -- and we are known as the unilateral superpower. (source)
  19. Israel's security cabinet is expected to get together in a couple of hours for a vote on whether to call a unilateral cease-fire, but no word on whether it will stick. (source)
  20. However, Israel has declared in recent days what it calls a unilateral cease-fire, saying that it will not take any offensive action, that it will act only in self defense. (source)
  21. The African National Congress has rejected what it termed the unilateral reappointment of outgoing members of the National Monuments Council by the Minister of National Education. (source)
  22. On the other hand, it seems pretty hard to ask UM to engage in unilateral disarmament in the recruitment wars: this is a job for the ABA or the AALS to resolve on a national level. (source)
  23. PENHAUL: In what they described as a unilateral goodwill gesture, the FARC did free two hostages last week, including Betancourt's former vice presidential running mate, Clara Rojas. (source)
  24. Nkunda called a unilateral cease-fire last week when his forces reached the outskirts of the city, but the truce has crumbled amid persistent reports of fighting in the last few days. (source)
  25. The agreement came a day after Mwasa threatened industrial action over what it termed unilateral plans by Argus to restructure the company, putting the jobs of many Mwasa members on the line. (source)
  26. His South Korean counterpart, Park Ro-byug, said the current agreement was drafted in the days when South Korea was what he called a "unilateral recipient" of American help in civil nuclear engineering. (source)
  27. The moral high ground is not defined in the Op-Ed but does not appear to include long-term unilateral truces by Hamas or decades of Arab offers of recognition of Israel in exchange for Palestinian rights. (source)
  28. Watch for these signature moves: * The Pause: Bush will sometimes wait a half beat before using a large word -- say, "unilateral" -- as a kind of winking apology to the audience for slipping into politico-speak. (source)
  29. The institute also outlined in its report what it described as unilateral and uncoordinated government reforms: among them, national compensation rules that could cause "serious labor-market distortions," it said. (source)
  30. New Delhi: Members of Delhi University's Academic Council continued their protest today against what they called a unilateral "imposition" of semester-based syllabi in undergraduate courses of the science department. (source)
  31. I think whether the Israelis would seek to have a partner, leading to transforming (ph) President Bush's vision of a two-state solution, or they're wanting to dictate the solution by -- with the so-called unilateral steps. (source)
  32. I've been demeaned far worse, and even threatened, by a lot of the same people who fanatically support you now, ever since 2002 when I started protesting the idea of unilateral and unjustified military intervention in Iraq. (source)
  33. The Western Cape region of the Pan Africanist Congress has come out in support of its negotiating team refusing to sign what it called the unilateral suspension of hostilities in Kempton Park on Tuesday, SABC radio news reported. (source)
  34. Coming as it did a few hours before close of nominations at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the announcement took the main contenders - Congress, TDP and MIM - by surprise and provoked strong protests against what they called a unilateral decision. (source)
  35. The group sought a stop to what it termed the unilateral imposition of a new pension fund in Johannesburg, an end to corruption and nepotism, and "effective cross-subsidisation from rich to poor and from business to domestic consumers". (source)
  36. Left Neglect, also known as unilateral neglect and hemispatial neglect, is a real neurological syndrome that occurs due to damage to the right hemisphere of the brain, such as might follow a right-hemisphere stroke, hemorrhage, or traumatic brain injury. (source)
  37. According to labor arbitrator George Nicolau's 1988 arbitration ruling, he notes that Dawson was so willing to leave the Expos during the collusion era that he called a unilateral press conference to announce he would sign a blank contract to play for the Cubs. (source)
  38. Proving that the law's purpose is less to improve workers 'conditions than to capture dues-payers for the unions, the law will forbid employers from discouraging unionization by giving "unilateral" - not negotiated - improvements in compensation and working conditions. (source)
  39. Proving that the law's purpose is less to improve workers 'conditions than to capture dues payers for the unions, the law would forbid employers from discouraging unionization by giving "unilateral" - not negotiated - improvements in compensation and working conditions. (source)
  40. Proving that the law's purpose is less to improve workers 'conditions than to capture dues-payers for the unions, the law will forbid employers from discouraging unionization by giving "unilateral" -- not negotiated -- improvements in compensation and working conditions. (source)
  41. If we reject the idea of unilateral exceptionalism, that is, if we reject the idea that the American government can break laws and violate the sovereignty of other nations, but they can't do that to us, then we must reject it completely, and not embrace it when it makes us feel good. (source)
  42. With customer success as our primary focus, work has been proceeding on the crudely conceived idea of an instrument that would not only provides inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal gram meters. (source)
  43. ANDERSON: I'm wondering, Andy, whether you believe that you would rather have correspondents that you are there effectively to protect embedded with the military, because you think that's a safer place to be than providing security for journalists on what are called unilateral assignments in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. (source)
  44. Each proposal has met with opposition, reflecting the worry and the well-founded worry that a reduction or a limitation would disturb an existing balance, would result in unilateral and therefore dangerous weakness and I must say that I have shared this concern over proposals-and God knows there have been many of them-which suggested reducing or restricting our defensive capability without providing the equivalent security by other enforceable means. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 32.0, which suggests that "unilateral" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 2 synonyms for unilateral.

independent, one-sided


We have 3 antonyms for unilateral.

bilateral, many-sided, multilateral


Pronunciation: (yo͞oˌnə-lătˈər-əl)

Syllabification: ni-lat-er-al


View up to 25 definitions of unilateral from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Of, on, relating to, involving, or affecting only one side: "a unilateral advantage in defense” ( New Republic).
  2. (adjective) Performed or undertaken by only one side: unilateral disarmament.
  3. (adjective) Obligating only one of two or more parties, nations, or persons, as a contract or an agreement.
  4. (adjective) Emphasizing or recognizing only one side of a subject.
  5. (adjective) Having only one side.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) done by one side only
  2. (adjective) affecting only one side of the body
  3. (adjective) binding or affecting one party only

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Being on one side only; affecting but one side; one-sided.
  2. (adjective) Pertaining to one side; one-sided.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) One-sided; of or pertaining to one side only.
  2. (None) In botany, one-sided; either originating on one side of an axis or all turned to one side, as the flowers of a unilateral raceme.
  3. (None) Placed on one side only of a surface; unifacial, as a set of polypites.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) involving only one part or side
  2. (adjective) tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only