unary

adjective
una·​ry | \ ˈyü-nə-rē How to pronounce unary (audio) \

Definition of unary

: having, consisting of, or acting on a single element, item, or component : monadic

First Known Use of unary

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unary

Latin unus one + English -ary

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“Unary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unary. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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