Meaning of “unilateral” in the English Dictionary

"unilateral" in British English

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unilateraladjective

uk /ˌjuː.nɪˈlæt.ər.əl/ us /ˌjuː.nəˈlæt̬.ɚ.əl/
unilateralism
noun [ U ] uk /ˌjuː.nɪˈlæt.ər.əl.ɪ.zəm/ us /ˌjuː.nəˈlæt̬.ɚ.əl.ɪ.zəm/
unilateralist
noun [ C ] uk /ˌjuː.nɪˈlæt.ər.əl.ɪst/ us /ˌjuː.nəˈlæt̬.ɚ.əl.ɪst/
unilaterally
adverb uk /ˌjuː.nɪˈlæt.ər.əl.i/ us /ˌjuː.nəˈlæt̬.ɚ.əl.i/

The law is part of a disturbing trend to act unilaterally without regard to the legitimate interests of others.

(Definition of “unilateral” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unilateral" in American English

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unilateraladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˌjun·əlˈæt̬·ər·əl/

done independently by one group or country:

a unilateral action
unilaterally
adverb us /ˌjun·əlˈæt̬·ər·ə·li/

The law is part of a disturbing trend to act unilaterally without regard to the legitimate interests of others.

(Definition of “unilateral” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"unilateral" in Business English

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unilateraladjective

uk /ˌjuːnɪˈlætərəl/ us

done by only one of the groups, organizations, or countries involved in an activity or process:

More than 70 developing countries have undertaken unilateral trade liberalization initiatives during the last 20 years.
Opponents of the government have criticized the president's unilateral approach and believe broader international alliances are required.
unilateral actions/decisions/concessions
unilaterally
adverb

decisions taken unilaterally

(Definition of “unilateral” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)