unan·​i·​mous | \ yu̇-ˈna-nə-məs How to pronounce unanimous (audio) \

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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Other Words from unanimous

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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Historically, the Board of Regents has taken a position on a ballot initiative when the board is unanimous. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "University of Colorado regent, president disagree whether Prop CC would help higher ed," 29 Aug. 2019 The Board of Supervisors’ decision to place Measure J, or the Napa County Cannabis Regulation Initiative, on the ballot was unanimous, according to the North Bay Business Journal. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "Pot farms in Wine Country? Napa measure will go to a vote," 21 Aug. 2019 The roofers were unanimous in their opinion: Stick with asphalt shingles, the most popular roofing material in the United States. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, "Need a new roof? 7 pro tips to help you choose those shingles," 21 Aug. 2019 In response to a tweet from the league asking fans to choose a player of the week, a decision made collectively in a vote of reporters who cover the league and fan balloting on Twitter, the replies were nearly unanimous. New York Times, "Alejandro Bedoya Spoke Out on Gun Violence. Now He Is M.L.S.’s Player of the Week.," 5 Aug. 2019 Francis’ attorneys asked the judge to issue a life without parole sentence because the jury’s vote for the death penalty wasn’t unanimous. Hailey Auglair | Hauglair@al.com, al, "Huntsville man sentenced to death in killing of toddler daughter," 25 July 2019 Prosecutors and Zhang’s family had pushed for the death penalty, but a jury decision on that had to be unanimous. Fox News, "Ex-University of Illinois doctoral student gets life in prison in slaying of visiting Chinese scholar," 19 July 2019 Prosecutors and Zhang's family had pushed for the death penalty, but a jury decision on that had to be unanimous. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Illinois man sentenced to life for killing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang," 19 July 2019 Participants in our sessions were unanimous: there is no such thing as good content. Zoe Pearl, The New Yorker, "Focus-Group-Testing Takeaways for the Next Social-Media Platform," 13 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce unanimous (audio) \

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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