Definition of unitary in English:

unitary

adjective

  • 1Forming a single or uniform entity.

    ‘a sort of unitary wholeness’
    • ‘It is also clear, however, that this is not a unitary or monolithic phenomenon.’
    • ‘It is likely that alcohol abuse is not a unitary concept, and that different instruments measure different aspects of alcohol abuse.’
    • ‘For this reason the hijab has no unitary meaning.’
    • ‘Not so very different, after all, from the fundamentalists back home who are forever devising Procrustean means to arrive at unitary cultural identities.’
    • ‘The process of defining oneself is relative, necessarily weaving the threads of the past and the present as well as the self and non-self into a unitary cloth.’
    • ‘It does not represent a single unitary concept of liability.’
    • ‘In its dealings with Latin America, the US was never as coherent, unitary and rational an actor as was often portrayed from the South, but the pluralism of the US has become much more pronounced in recent years.’
    • ‘‘A cyborg body,’ she insists, ‘is not innocent; it was not born in a garden; it does not seek unitary identity’.’
    • ‘Social support was not a unitary construct exerting a uniformly positive effect on outcomes.’
    • ‘One reason that it is difficult for people in England to come to terms with how history is seen in Northern Ireland is that the English have for so long been accustomed to a unitary account of their own conflicts.’
    • ‘Thinkers such as Lyotard and Foucault who attempt to give the margins a voice are thus working at undermining this unitary image of the West, reducing its one monolithic history to a plurality of minor histories.’
    • ‘This was a large-scale Utopian vision, based on the possibility of constructing a new city guided by the concepts of unitary urbanism.’
    • ‘A homogenising and unitary use of the culture concept by anthropologists was in some measure a product of their self-representation in the political context of universities at the time.’
    • ‘It assumes that all colonists had a unitary concept of idiocy.’
    • ‘Unlike Geertz's 1966 definition, the type of symbolic participation I am pointing to here does not involve the inculcation of a unitary or unified cultural style.’
    • ‘By doing so, she challenges the concept of English as a unitary, linear, and continuous entity and invites readers to engage with cultural translation.’
    • ‘Personalities are not unitary, folks, and you don't know the whole of a person based on one album, no matter how confessional it may seem.’
    • ‘The concepts of pooled funding or a unitary source of funding theoretically offer a solution to the federal/state divide.’
    • ‘This account refutes the common myths that portray idiocy in colonial America as a unitary concept and it contradicts the notion that the settlers' views on idiocy changed markedly during the colonial period.’
    • ‘Chapter two goes even further, attacking the ‘American master narrative’ that is described as monolithic and unitary.’
    inflexible, rigid, unbending, unchanging, intractable, immovable, impenetrable, fossilized, hidebound
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    1. 1.1 Relating to a system of government or organization in which the powers of the separate constituent parts are vested in a central body.
      ‘a unitary rather than a federal state’
      • ‘Excluding Scotland, with its devalued Parliament, the British system of government is unitary, with sovereignty concentrated in Parliament.’
      • ‘China is a unitary state, rather than a federal state.’
      • ‘The question now is, how sacred is the unitary state?’
      • ‘Indonesia is prone to collapse despite claims that it is a unitary state.’
      • ‘For this reason we believe that larger unitary options that could be proposed for North Yorkshire are inherently unsuited to delivering good local services.’
      • ‘The facts on the ground point, rather, to a unitary / central system, and Nigerian governments have been preoccupied with distribution rather than production.’
      • ‘During the Birt regime from 1992 until 2000 it is clear that granting BBC Scotland editorial control of its programmes was held to be the broadcasting equivalent of undermining the unitary UK state.’
      • ‘At most, Smith means to contrast this monarchical concept of a governable albeit composite entity against ‘the unitary state envisaged by Thomas Cromwell’.’
      • ‘Both types of authority would be abolished and this has already sparked bids from unitary neighbours, such as Bury and Preston, to take over the district councils of their neighbours.’
      • ‘They said that Papua was not one of the territories that declared their independence as the Indonesian unitary state on Aug 17, 1945.’
      • ‘She outlined changing the constitution from presidential to parliamentary government and from a unitary to a federal system.’
      • ‘Asked to comment on the government's condition for the dialog, Tiba said there was no need for the sides to talk at all if the meeting was held strictly within the framework of a unitary state which included Aceh.’
      • ‘Their joint submission, hammered out in meetings between leaders of the council, would see Craven merge with Harrogate and other districts combine to create larger districts able to take on a unitary role.’
      • ‘This perverse incentive can lead to lower levels of interethnic trust and a higher incidence of violence over time, which would not necessarily be the case in a unitary system.’
      • ‘It should be emphasised that the paper supported a ‘resolution of the Aceh conflict within the framework of the unitary state of Indonesia.’’
      • ‘Key among the recommendations was the establishment of a national health executive, run by a board and headed by a chairman, to run the health service as a unitary national service.’
      • ‘National political groups and other institutions which support the idea of a unitary Indonesia including Aceh need to recognize that such unity will only be achieved if it is voluntarily supported by all involved.’
      • ‘‘The main basis of implementing regional autonomy is that it could lessen the disparity between the regions so they would not leave the Indonesian unitary state,’ Hari said here on Wednesday.’
      • ‘You have a central unitary state now where power is all located in the capital, and that power must be shared over time.’
      • ‘Other policies include the centralization of state power in a unitary form of government in order to be able to contain the centrifugal forces of ethnicity.’
  • 2Relating to a unit or units.

Pronunciation

unitary

/ˈyo͞onəˌterē//ˈjunəˌtɛri/