unan·​i·​mous | \yu̇-ˈna-nə-məs \

Definition of unanimous 

1 : formed with or indicating unanimity : having the agreement and consent of all

2 : being of one mind : agreeing

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unanimously adverb

Examples of unanimous in a Sentence

The judges made a unanimous ruling. a unanimous vote to upgrade the school's computer facilities

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The companion version in the House previously passed in April, also with unanimous consent. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Senate passes Music Modernization Act," 18 Sep. 2018 The quickest pathway through the Senate is via unanimous consent, a process that would allow the bill to pass on an expedited basis so long as all 100 senators agree. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "To Counter China, U.S. Looks to Invest Billions More Overseas," 31 Aug. 2018 The Senate by unanimous consent agreed to aid the Justice Department in its leak investigation earlier this week. Steven T. Dennis, Bloomberg.com, "Ex-Senate Intelligence Security Chief Charged in FBI Leak Probe," 8 June 2018 Committee members agreed to the measure by unanimous consent rather than a full vote. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "Panel will ask Gov. Otter to order special session on Boise water case," 6 June 2018 Some of the 77 confirmations that took place by unanimous consent or voice votes in 2017 as the August recess got underway might have happened without a cancellation threat because that's been the normal practice of the Senate. Tribune News Service, NOLA.com, "Bill Cassidy, John Kennedy join GOP colleagues urging Senate to skip August recess," 15 May 2018 As a result, so did the entire Democratic party, and this forced a tense, party-line vote on Bridenstine when in the past NASA administrators have largely been approved by unanimous consent. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "On his first day, NASA’s new administrator sets an inclusive tone," 24 Apr. 2018 However, Williams withheld unanimous consent, meaning normal procedure would apply: The measure would be held over for a week and come up for a vote at the council's next gathering. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, "What's up, dock? Old pledge to Airbus nears fulfillment," 24 Apr. 2018 The Miss America Organization said in a statement Saturday that the March vote to eliminate the swimsuit portion was unanimous. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Miss America Organization Split by #MeToo Era Swimsuit Decision," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of unanimous

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for unanimous

Latin unanimus, from unus one + animus mind — more at one, animate

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English Language Learners Definition of unanimous

: agreed to by everyone

: having the same opinion


unan·​i·​mous | \yu̇-ˈna-nə-məs \

Kids Definition of unanimous

1 : having the same opinion : agreeing completely They were unanimous in their choice.

2 : agreed to by all a unanimous vote

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