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 three men were released from prison in December after the Georgia Supreme Court threw out their murder convictions, saying in a unanimous ruling that prosecutors improperly withheld a police report that would have helped their defense. Washington Post, "‘Completely free’: No retrial of ex-soldiers in 1992 killing," 12 July 2018 In a unanimous ruling announced in May, the Nevada Supreme Court decided not on procedural grounds—not pharmacological ones—to reverse the lower court's decision. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Untested Drugs at the Heart of Nevada's Execution Controversy," 11 July 2018 In a unanimous ruling of 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court displayed a willingness to combat the corporate patenting of DNA, asserting unanimously that snippets of human DNA cannot be patented. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Nearly Half the Patents on Marine Genes Belong to Just One Company," 13 June 2018 On appeal in January, Kavanaugh’s position was adopted by a unanimous Supreme Court. Ann E. Marimow, The Seattle Times, "From Clinton to Trump: How Kavanaugh navigated through some of Washington’s biggest scandals," 9 July 2018 On Twitter, support for a beach smoking ban was near unanimous. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Readers loathe smokers who treat the beach like an ashtray, but a ban on butts draws mixed reaction," 3 July 2018 Clow’s bill, HB 578, passed with near-unanimous support from south-central Idaho lawmakers. Gretel Kauffman, idahostatesman, "More than 300 new Idaho laws go into effect July 1. Here are the ones you should know.," 24 June 2018 Without the jury’s unanimous recommendation for death, a life sentence would be mandatory for all three defendants. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Slain deputy's killers deserve to die, prosecutor tells Broward jury," 12 July 2018 With 29 members and unanimous decision-making, NATO hardly is equipped to absorb new responsibilities. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "Europe’s Little Alliances Can Help Bolster NATO," 10 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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