unilateral

Unilateral means "one-sided." If parents make a unilateral decision to eliminate summer vacation, it means that the students’ opinions or opposing views weren’t considered.

When someone makes a unilateral decision, he or she acts alone, without considering the feelings, opposing opinions or concerns of others. But it’s not always a bad thing to act unilaterally. If you are in a fight with your sister and haven’t spoken to each other for a week, you could choose to do her chores, compliment her or make other unilateral, good-faith efforts to bring the bad feelings to an end.

DEFINITIONS OF: unilateral

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adj involving only one part or side

unilateral paralysis”
“a unilateral decision”
Synonyms:
one-sided
one-party
determined by a single party
Antonyms:
many-sided, multilateral
having many parts or sides
bilateral, two-sided
having two sides or parts
deep-lobed
having deep bilateral lobes
two-lobed
having two lobes
bipartite, two-part, two-way
involving two parts or elements
joint
involving both houses of a legislature
multipartite
involving more than two parties
four-sided, quadrilateral
having four sides
five-sided
having five sides
six-sided
having six sides
seven-sided
having seven sides
eight-sided
having eight sides
nine-sided
having nine sides
ten-sided
having ten sides
eleven-sided
having eleven sides
twelve-sided
having twelve sides
four-party, quadripartite
involving four parties
tetramerous
having or consisting of four similar parts; tetramerous flowers
three-cornered
involving a group or set of three
three-lobed
having three lobes
four-lobed
having four lobes
five-lobed
having five lobes
many-lobed
having many lobes
palmately-lobed
having lobes radiating from a central point
three-sided, triangular, trilateral
having three sides
three-party, three-way, tripartite
involving three parties or elements
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adj tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only

Synonyms
direct, lineal
in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
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