One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used to indicate that something is done by only one person, group, or country involved in a situation, without the agreement of others.‘in 1996 the region unilaterally declared independence’‘would Britain dare to act unilaterally in the face of world opinion?’
- ‘Principals can unilaterally remove students involved in weapons or drug offenses and those at risk of harming themselves or others.’
- ‘No state is now free to undertake dumping unilaterally without regard for procedures which protect the interests of others or of the international community.’
- ‘Union with Sweden was unilaterally declared dissolved in June 1905.’
- ‘The country unilaterally reduced its overall import tariffs over the years, recently dropping them to 6 per cent across the board.’
- ‘You cannot unilaterally decide how much to deduct from her share of the proceeds.’
2In a way that affects only one side of an organ, the body, or another structure.‘TB can involve the pleura unilaterally or bilaterally’‘unilaterally deaf dogs’
- ‘The light source was a microscope halogen lamp, which unilaterally illuminated the protruding stump.’
- ‘Patients were treated unilaterally (one half of each patient's body served as the treatment side and the other half was left untreated) five times daily.’
- ‘A biopsy should be done of unilaterally enlarged glands, because in about 80 per cent of cases, these masses will be benign.’
- ‘Bilateral deficits in unilaterally injured patients have been demonstrated in the neuromuscular performance of the knee.’
- ‘Valves were placed unilaterally in segmental bronchi leading to the most severely affected lung regions.’
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