tri·​lat·​er·​al | \ (ˌ)trī-ˈla-tə-rəl How to pronounce trilateral (audio) , -ˈla-trəl\

Definition of trilateral

: having three sides or parties trilateral business ventures trilateral discussions

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Most critically, the renegotiation preserved the multibillion-dollar trilateral trade pact, after Trump threatened to tear up NAFTA altogether. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US, Canada, Mexico sign NAFTA replacement at G20," 30 Nov. 2018 However, splitting the current trilateral deal into two separate bilateral agreements would likely require nullifying the 25-year-old agreement. Ana Swanson And Jim Tankersley,, "Trump signals he wants separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico," 6 June 2018 However, splitting the current trilateral deal into two separate bilateral agreements would likely require nullifying the 25-year-old agreement. New York Times, "Mexico, Hitting Back, Imposes Tariffs on $3 Billion Worth of U.S. Goods," 5 June 2018 Egypt’s Ali Abdel-Aal didn’t specifically mention Turkey during a trilateral meeting with the parliament speakers of Greece and Cyprus in Nicosia. Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Seattle Times, "Cyprus, Egypt, Greece say gas search in sea won’t be stopped," 11 Feb. 2019 Seoul and Tokyo’s bitter disputes over history have complicated Washington’s efforts to strengthen trilateral cooperation to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threat and China’s growing influence in the region. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "Seoul says it will close Japan-funded sex slavery foundation," 21 Nov. 2018 As a result, the administration plans to publish as soon as Friday the draft of a Mexico-only deal that would replace the quarter-century-old trilateral bloc. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "Nafta Isn’t Dead Yet, Despite Missed Deadline," 28 Sep. 2018 Israel now holds annual trilateral summits with Greece and Cyprus, which have become its geographical conduits to the West. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Natural gas fields give Israel a regional political boost," 23 Jan. 2019 The latest uptick of Syria and Russian airstrikes resumed with intensity over the weekend, following failed ceasefire negotiations between Russia, Iran and Turkey at a trilateral summit in Tehran. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Syrians in Idlib brace for chemical weapons attack, ground invasion by Assad forces," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of trilateral

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trilateral

Latin trilaterus, from tri- + later-, latus side

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English Language Learners Definition of trilateral

: involving three groups or countries

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