bi·​na·​tion·​al | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈna-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce binational (audio) \

Definition of binational

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

Examples of binational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent years a growing number of Palestinians and their supporters have suggested abandoning the two-state solution in favor of a single binational state for Jews and Palestinians or some kind of Israeli-Palestinian confederation. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Palestinian leaders stay the course as crises mount," 26 Aug. 2020 Over the next several years, the couple kept up a binational relationship during which time their two daughters, Archana and Angana, were born. San Diego Union-Tribune, "1949-2020: Cymbiotics founder Raj Barathur remembered for genetics research, compassion," 25 Aug. 2020 Their collaboration is often touted as an successful example of binational cooperation. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, "'Planning for the worst': Groundwater pumping for border wall construction threatens border refuge," 21 Aug. 2020 In an essay earlier this summer that provoked a heated debate in the United States and Israel, Peter Beinart argued for one binational state of Israelis and Palestinians, where everyone had equal rights. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "How the Democrats are shifting on Israel," 19 Aug. 2020 Graeve, 48, has been involved in many projects that seek to boost opportunities for Latinos and inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers in the binational region. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UC San Diego professor earns presidential STEM mentorship award," 12 Aug. 2020 What should be a time for collective healing is, for many, marred by the divisions forced by the coronavirus — restrictions on gatherings of friends and family, a border largely closed to binational traditions. Editors, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 relief negotiations, Tropical Storm Isaias, Google Pixel 4a: 5 things you need to know Monday," 3 Aug. 2020 Indeed, a new pragmatism has started to take hold of a lopsided binational relationship that has never been easy but which has faced new challenges under Mr. Trump, some analysts say. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump hosts Mexican president as populism meets pragmatism," 8 July 2020 Under a binational agreement, Ohio, Michigan and Ontario are entitled to catch and harvest 10.2 million walleye this year -- an increase of 20 percent over last year’s 8.5 million fish. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Ohio Division of Wildlife investigating Florida, Tennessee men for poaching walleye from Lake Erie," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of binational

1857, in the meaning defined above

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31 Aug 2020

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“Binational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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