[[t]ˌyu nəˈlæt ər əl[/t]] adj.
1) relating to, occurring on, or involving one side only
2) undertaken or done by or on behalf of one side, party, or faction only; not mutual:
unilateral disarmament[/ex]
3) math. having only one side or surface; without a reverse side or inside, as a Möbius strip
4) lawg Law.
law pertaining to a contract in which obligation rests on one party only
5) cvb Bot. having all the parts disposed on one side of an axis, as an inflorescence
6) ant through forebears of one sex only, as through either the mother's or father's line
Compare bilateral 5)
Etymology: 1795–1805; < NL ūnilaterālis. See uni-, lateral u`ni•lat`er•al′i•ty, n. u`ni•lat′er•al•ly, adv.

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