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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 unanimously
  • Both candidates were unanimously recommended by our search committee and me.
  • Folks have unanimously resigned under overblown governing apparatus.
  • Despite being given their choice of duty, the survivors decided unanimously to continue to serve in submarines.
  • On the short drive back they voted unanimously to recommend that the project be funded.
  • According to the head of the airport security police, the security team was unanimously against the new technology.
  • It was unanimously approved by the senate on record time, so yes the opposition agrees.
  • Such of them as were literate enough to send in their votes were almost unanimously against a change.
  • Who is going to fund research if it is unanimously pronounced, no problem here.
  • The legislature voted for it almost unanimously, but the governor and the attorney general are against it.
  • To end the debate, the airport's board voted unanimously to increase the penalty for drivers who refuse fares with alcohol.
British Dictionary definitions for unanimously


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 unanimously



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

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