unilateralism

noun
uni·​lat·​er·​al·​ism | \ ˌyü-ni-ˈla-t(ə-)rə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce unilateralism (audio) \

Definition of unilateralism

: a policy of taking unilateral action (as in international affairs) regardless of outside support or reciprocity also : advocacy of such a policy

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Other Words from unilateralism

unilateralist \ ˌyü-​ni-​ˈla-​t(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce unilateralist (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of unilateralism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Based on the band’s ensuing legal battles, unilateralism generally doesn’t promote unit cohesion. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Shelved: The Misfits’ 12 Hits From Hell," 10 Apr. 2020 Through its new unilateralism, the U.S. is getting a bigger say in how the world’s economic pie gets divvied up. Greg Ip, WSJ, "What ‘America First’ Means Under Trump Is Coming Into Focus," 19 Jan. 2020 Chinese President Xi Jinping invoked the lessons of World War II to warn against conflicts and unilateralism. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "U.S., China Clash Over Trade, Security at Pacific Summit," 17 Nov. 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to be a key voice joining secretary-general Guterres in speaking out against unilateralism and populism, and supporting multilateralism as key to promoting peace. Fox News, "UN to caution against populism in high-level week," 25 Sep. 2018 This slide into unilateralism and protectionism is endangering the global economy and undermining the WTO’s ability to enforce a common set of rules. Susana Malcorra, Time, "This Year’s G20 Summit Is a Major Test of International Cooperation in a Trying Time," 28 June 2019 French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to be a key voice joining secretary-general Guterres in speaking out against unilateralism and populism, and supporting multilateralism as key to promoting peace. Fox News, "UN to caution against populism in high-level week," 25 Sep. 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to be a key voice joining secretary-general Guterres in speaking out against unilateralism and populism, and supporting multilateralism as key to promoting peace. Fox News, "UN to caution against populism in high-level week," 25 Sep. 2018 Photo composite: Crystal Tai/The Wall Street Journal Politicians in the old world and the middle kingdom have long had a common interest in developing alternatives to U.S. unilateralism. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Europe Wants a Better Deal With China Too," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of unilateralism

1926, in the meaning defined above

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17 Aug 2020

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“Unilateralism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unilateralism. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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