Definition of unilateralism in English:


Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞onəˈladərəˌlizəm//ˌyo͞onəˈlatrəˌlizəm/


  • 1The process of acting, reaching a decision, or espousing a principle unilaterally.

    • ‘Now you can defend or attack the U.N. decision, but it had nothing to do with American unilateralism.’
    • ‘So, if we are to ensure that the United States moves neither towards unilateralism nor isolationism, all European countries must show a new willingness to develop effective crisis management capabilities.’
    • ‘While I am sharply critical of American unilateralism and realpolitik masquerading as the defence of liberty, at times I find our own moralizing irritating.’
    • ‘So like preemption, in today's supercharged political climate, unilateralism and multilateralism no longer convey any meaning.’
    • ‘It can only resolve itself into support for a nationalist or a more consistent pan-European response to US unilateralism.’
    • ‘Such concessions would represent setbacks for the neo-conservative unilateralism that looked so dominant only a few months ago.’
    • ‘American unilateralism has a more fundamental significance.’
    • ‘Above all, they demonstrate a growing tendency towards unilateralism.’
    • ‘But once you're up and running, where does the morality fall in unilateralism when you're not directly threatened?’
    • ‘‘This summit should be concerned that the United Nations process has been rammed into submission by unilateralism,’ he said.’
    • ‘Europe has the chance of being a barrier against the pensée unique of economic unilateralism: capitalist, conservative, reactionary.’
    • ‘He's a voice for US unilateralism, nation-building by warfare and neoconservative principles in which free markets are equivalent to democracy.’
    • ‘What we need is not arrogant unilateralism, in other words, but intelligent unilateralism.’
    • ‘Military unilateralism, many are keen to point out, has worked.’
    • ‘He thinks of Europe as being a brake on the ideology of economic unilateralism which is capitalist, conservative and reactionary.’
    • ‘Isolationism, unilateralism, and protectionism would gain ground.’
    • ‘The Republican Party has tended strongly to espouse unilateralism in recent years, notably in military and regional policy issue areas.’
    • ‘We are going to see, especially in the US, more and more economic unilateralism, more and more protectionism, which is mirrored by the European countries and Japan.’
    • ‘The combination of unilateralism and laissez-faire is a recipe for disaster.’
    • ‘The political leaders speak of United Nations resolutions, of unilateralism, of multilateralism, of weapons inspectors, of coercion and noncoercion.’
    1. 1.1 The pursuit of or belief in unilateral nuclear disarmament.
      ‘the party's commitment to unilateralism’