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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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 This wouldn’t emphasize a Chinese invasion threat, but rather binational or multinational expeditionary operations throughout the region and globe. Michael O’hanlon, WSJ, "Is the U.S.-South Korea Alliance Worth It?," 4 June 2018 Unlike human visitors, the binational elk don't need a passport to cross the border. Andrea Sachs,, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018 His disappearance sparked a massive manhunt and triggered a crisis in binational relations, as a livid Reagan administration shut down most commerce through the U.S.-Mexico border. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "U.S. offers $20-million reward for fugitive Caro Quintero, 'prince' of Mexican narcos," 13 Apr. 2018

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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