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multilateral

[muhl-ti-lat-er-uh l] /ˌmʌl tɪˈlæt ər əl/
adjective
1.
having several or many sides; many-sided.
2.
participated in by more than two nations, parties, etc.; multipartite:
multilateral agreements on disarmament.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; multi- + lateral
Related forms
multilateralism, noun
multilateralist, adjective, noun
multilaterally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for multilaterally

multilateral

/ˌmʌltɪˈlætərəl; -ˈlætrəl/
adjective
1.
of or involving more than two nations or parties: a multilateral pact
2.
having many sides
Derived Forms
multilaterally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for multilaterally

multilateral

adj.

also multi-lateral, 1690s, in geometry, "having many sides," from multi- + Latin latus (genitive lateris) "side" (see oblate (n.)). Figurative use by 1748. Meaning "pertaining to three or more countries" is from 1802. Related: Multilaterally.

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