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

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

Examples of unitary in a Sentence

the formation of a unitary state
Recent Examples on the Web In a self-fulfilling prophecy, Putin convinced himself that the only way to restore and burnish Russian power was through first assembling and then maintaining unitary power for himself. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "Vladimir Putin Positions Himself to Become Russia’s Eternal Leader," 12 Mar. 2020 The viral pandemic has given the lie to systems in countries around the world that are federal on paper but unitary in fact. Nick Burns, National Review, "America’s Response to the Coronavirus Proves Federalism Isn’t Dead," 2 Apr. 2020 As the myth becomes unsustainable, Barr and his allies will have to find a new enemy to justify their view of the president as the indispensable, unitary sovereign at the head of an executive branch that is perpetually on a war footing. Tamsin Shaw, The New York Review of Books, "William Barr: The Carl Schmitt of Our Time," 15 Jan. 2020 To build a single unitary retirement system in France. New York Times, "Strikes Spread Across France for 6th Day, but Government Defends Its Pension Plans," 10 Dec. 2019 This diversity in our housing landscape means that America’s housing problems are better understood as two partially overlapping crises rather than a unitary problem. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "America’s dual housing crisis and what Democrats plan to do about it, explained," 30 July 2019 These issues are best addressed one at a time rather than lumped together into a single, unitary response to the current mass hysteria about vaping. The Editors, National Review, "The Absurd Campaign against Vaping," 17 Sep. 2019 Today’s conservative boosters of nootropics promise similar access to rational clarity and unitary purpose. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 One reason is that gay and trans rights doesn’t describe a single, unitary political movement. Laurie Marhoefer, Quartz, "From gay Nazis to “we’re here, we’re queer”: A century of arguing about gay pride," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of unitary

circa 1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of unitary was circa 1790

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“Unitary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unitary. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unitary

formal : relating to or forming a single unit


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

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unitariness noun

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