uni·​tary | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unitary (audio) \

Definition of unitary

1a : of or relating to a unit
b : based on or characterized by unity or units
2 : having the character of a unit : undivided, whole

Other Words from unitary

unitarily \ ˌyü-​nə-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce unitary (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unitary in a Sentence

the formation of a unitary state
Recent Examples on the Web If the motion is approved, Shelby County will join a handful of other districts to recently seek unitary status. al, 19 July 2022 Here, the Golden State said that this screenwriter ran a unitary operation. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 7 July 2022 No timeline was given Wednesday as to when the district could attain unitary status. Trisha Powell Crain | Tcrain@al.com, al, 6 July 2022 Zaman is currently an eighth grader at Decatur City Schools, a North Alabama district that recently obtained unitary status from a decades-old desegregation order. al, 27 Apr. 2022 The federal executive branch is unitary, and the attorney general answers to the president. Josh Blackman, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 That’s political poison for Ukrainian nationalists, who foresee building a unitary Ukrainian state from the complicated territorial patchwork that Ukraine inherited from the Soviet Union. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Dec. 2021 In the case of a certain type of gravitational wave, the group found that unitary three-point functions are few and far between. Quanta Magazine, 10 Nov. 2021 China has a unitary, top-down system in which regulations are promulgated from Beijing. Frank Lavin, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unitary

circa 1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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9 Aug 2022

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“Unitary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unitary. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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uni·​tary | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unitary (audio) \

Legal Definition of unitary

1 : having the character of a single thing that is a constituent of a whole specifically : of, relating to, or being a business with subsidiaries in other states or nations that has its state income tax figured by including the subsidiaries' income, determining the portion of that income attributable to activities within the state, and taxing that percentage a unitary business operating throughout the U.S. imposed a unitary tax on a multinational corporation
2 : marked by unity : not dual or segregated : integrated sense 3 a unitary school district

Other Words from unitary

unitariness noun

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