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[yoo-nan-uh-muh s] /yuˈnæn ə məs/
of one mind; in complete agreement; agreed.
characterized by or showing complete agreement:
a unanimous vote.
Origin of unanimous
1615-25; < Latin ūnanim(us) (ūn(us) one + animus mind, heart, feeling) + -ous
Related forms
unanimously, adverb
unanimousness, noun
nonunanimous, adjective
nonunanimously, adverb
nonunanimousness, noun
quasi-unanimous, adjective
quasi-unanimously, adverb
Can be confused
anomalous, anonymous, euonymus, unanimous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unanimous
  • But on one matter there is near unanimous agreement across the kingdom.
  • They were lightweight and did the job, though the vote was unanimous in regard to taste.
  • The responses of the systems administrators were unanimous: forget it.
  • Reviewers were almost unanimous in their ridicule of the concert and its composer.
  • In other words, it was unanimous that this case was too big.
  • And the fact that it was unanimous was little short of miraculous.
  • Other dictionaries, and reference works generally, appear to be unanimous on these points.
  • But they are unanimous in their veneration of small business.
  • The jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty.
  • They travel the country together, hearing cases, somehow managing to hammer out unanimous amnesty agreements.
British Dictionary definitions for unanimous


in complete or absolute agreement
characterized by complete agreement: a unanimous decision
Derived Forms
unanimously, adverb
unanimity (ˌjuːnəˈnɪmɪtɪ), unanimousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ūnanimus from ūnus one + animus mind
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Word Origin and History for unanimous

1610s, from Latin unanimus "of one mind," from unus "one" (see one) + animus "mind" (see animus). Related: Unanimously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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