the advocacy or pursuit of a unilateral policy, especially in disarmament.

1925–30; unilateral + -ism

unilateralist, noun, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To unilateralist
American Heritage
Cultural Dictionary
unilateralism [(yooh-nuh-lat-uhr-uh-liz-uhm)]

Action initiated or taken by a single nation rather than by two nations (see bilateralism) or several (see multilateralism). For example, a nation might choose to disarm unilaterally in the hope that others will follow. (See recognition.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature