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bilateral

[bahy-lat-er-uh l] /baɪˈlæt ər əl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, involving, or affecting two or both sides, factions, parties, or the like:
a bilateral agreement; bilateral sponsorship.
2.
located on opposite sides of an axis; two-sided, especially when of equal size, value, etc.
3.
Biology. pertaining to the right and left sides of a structure, plane, etc.
4.
Chiefly Law. (of a contract) binding the parties to reciprocal obligations.
5.
through both parents equally:
bilateral affiliation.
Compare unilateral (def 7).
noun
6.
Informal. a bilateral agreement, especially regarding international trade.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; bi-1 + lateral
Related forms
bilateralism, bilateralness, noun
bilaterally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for bilateralism

bilateral

/baɪˈlætərəl/
adjective
1.
having or involving two sides
2.
affecting or undertaken by two parties; mutual: a bilateral treaty
3.
denoting or relating to bilateral symmetry
4.
having identical sides or parts on each side of an axis; symmetrical
5.
(sociol) relating to descent through both maternal and paternal lineage Compare unilateral (sense 5)
6.
(Brit) relating to an education that combines academic and technical courses
7.
a bilateral meeting
Derived Forms
bilaterally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bilateralism
n.

1852, from bilateral + -ism.

bilateral

adj.

"having two sides," 1775, from bi- + lateral. Related: Bilaterally.

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bilateralism in Medicine

bilateral bi·lat·er·al (bī-lāt'ər-əl)
adj.

  1. Having or formed of two sides; two-sided.

  2. Having or marked by bilateral symmetry.

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bilateralism in Culture
bilateralism [(beye-lat-uhr-uh-liz-uhm)]

Trade or diplomatic relations between two countries. (See diplomacy and recognition; compare multilateralism and unilateralism.)

bilateralism [(beye-lat-uhr-uh-liz-uhm)]

Trade dealings between two countries.

Note: Bilateral agreements often create special terms for specific goods traded between two countries.
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