unitary

adjective

uni·​tary ˈyü-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unitary (audio)
1
a
: of or relating to a unit
b
: based on or characterized by unity or units
2
: having the character of a unit : undivided, whole
unitarily adverb

Examples of unitary in a Sentence

the formation of a unitary state
Recent Examples on the Web The committee was faced with three choices: a unitary state in which the Jews would be dominated, a federated state or confederation, which is what India and Iran and Yugoslavia wanted, or partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Thus, in India, where Hindu nationalists have been demonizing Muslims for years as part of their pursuit of a unitary Hindu state, the focus has been on Hamas’ horrific attacks. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Jan. 2024 These ultracold atom clouds are actually closer to being a unitary gas than neutron star matter, so the analogy isn’t perfect. Matthew Smith, Ars Technica, 8 July 2023 Vietnam, though ideologically a unitary socialist state under the national communist party, has propagated extensive capitalist reforms that have significantly opened the markets both domestically and internationally. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 12 Dec. 2023 The United Nations Special Committee on Palestine reviewed a now familiar range of options in 1947: a single unitary state of Arabs and Jews, a binational federal state, or partition into two states. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 10 Dec. 2023 Garland County school districts are the only remaining districts in the state to not reach full unitary status, and are subject to probation under the Arkansas Department of Education. Brandon Smith, arkansasonline.com, 19 Nov. 2023 The original Defense Department decision to convert some of the long-range cluster ATACMS to unitary warheads was intended to meet a dud rate requirement, set in 2008, of 1 percent by 2019. John Hudson, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 While presidents typically rely on Congress to develop policies, the Heritage project leans into what legal scholars refer to as a unitary view of executive power that suggests the president has broad authority to act alone. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
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 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

unitary

adjective
uni·​tary ˈyü-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unitary (audio)
1
a
: of or relating to a unit
b
: based on or marked by unity or units
2
: having the character of a unit : whole

Legal Definition

unitary

adjective
uni·​tary ˈyü-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unitary (audio)
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
unitariness noun

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