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unitary

[yoo-ni-ter-ee] /ˈyu nɪˌtɛr i/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a unit or units.
2.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or aiming toward unity:
the unitary principles of nationalism.
3.
of the nature of a unit; having the indivisible character of a unit; whole.
4.
serving as a unit, as of measurement or estimation.
5.
of or pertaining to the use of units:
A unitary method was applied.
6.
Government. of or pertaining to a system of government in which the executive, legislative, and judicial powers of each state in a body of states are vested in a central authority.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; unit, unit(y) + -ary
Related forms
unitariness, noun
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  • If anything, it's sort of counterintuitive that the unitary family has persisted so long and pervasively in our society.
  • Some comments imply there is a unitary state, homogenous in all respects.
  • While every unitary operator is an isometry, not every isometry is unitary.
  • The present state of the universe is related to the state the early universe was in via a unitary transformation.
British Dictionary definitions for unitary

unitary

/ˈjuːnɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
of a unit or units
2.
based on or characterized by unity
3.
individual; whole
4.
of or relating to a system of government in which all governing authority is held by the central government Compare federal
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Word Origin and History for unitary
adj.

1816; see unit + -ary.

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