bi·​na·​tion·​al | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈna-sh(ə-)nəl \

Definition of binational

: of or relating to two nations a binational board of directors

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Meanwhile, Canada succeeded in a key priority: preserving binational panels that can overrule U.S. decisions to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Greg Ip, WSJ, "New Nafta Shows Limits of ‘America First’," 3 Oct. 2018 Ultimately, the prospects of the Remain in Mexico policy might not be apparent until the policy has already been put in place — and in the meantime, asylum-seekers will be the subjects of a binational experiment. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump’s reportedly cutting a deal to force asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico," 24 Nov. 2018 There’s an economic engine that needs fuel from cross-border trade and generations of rich binational culture baked into the region’s DNA. Michael Smolens,, "Why 'sanctuary' law politics feel different from past immigration flare ups," 22 Apr. 2018 The people and the connection, the binational character of the community. Matt Viser, Town & Country, "Why So Many People Are Betting on Beto O'Rourke," 26 July 2018 The binational culture of the region — Texas license plates are visible on cars, as are plates from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas — has frayed in recent years, but remains intact. Manny Fernandez, New York Times, "Trump Says He’s Sending the National Guard. On the Border, Many Aren’t Sure Why.," 5 Apr. 2018 Yet in 2014, collaboration between the United States and Mexico, a binational team of scientists and conservationists, and several NGOs resulted in an agreement to turn the water back on. Robert Glennon, New York Times, "Three Authors See Water, Water Everywhere, for Better and Worse," 30 Mar. 2018 For decades prior, the southwestern borderlands had prospered under a more fluid, humane and practical definition of boundaries, driven in large part by the wants and needs of the blended, binational border communities. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Meanwhile, a series of mysterious illnesses suffered by U.S. diplomats stationed in Cuba has resulted in a severe cutback of the American diplomatic staff on the island and has further aggravated binational relations. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Miguel Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president," 19 Apr. 2018

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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