unity

noun
uni·​ty | \ ˈyü-nə-tē How to pronounce unity (audio) \
plural unities

Definition of unity

1a : the quality or state of not being multiple : oneness
b(1) : a definite amount taken as one or for which 1 is made to stand in calculation in a table of natural sines the radius of the circle is regarded as unity
2a : a condition of harmony : accord
b : continuity without deviation or change (as in purpose or action)
3a : the quality or state of being made one : unification
b : a combination or ordering of parts in a literary or artistic production that constitutes a whole or promotes an undivided total effect also : the resulting singleness of effect or symmetry and consistency of style and character
4 : a totality of related parts : an entity that is a complex or systematic whole
5 : any of three principles of dramatic structure derived by French classicists from Aristotle's Poetics and requiring a play to have a single action represented as occurring in one place and within one day
6 capitalized : a 20th century American religious movement that emphasizes spiritual sources of health and prosperity

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Examples of unity in a Sentence

a sense of national unity there's an aesthetic unity to the sculpture garden that makes it an ideal spot for quiet relaxing

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Venezuela seemed to be a bright spot of tiny unity within the administration, where Secretary Mike Pompeo, Bolton and Trump could hawkishly co-exist. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "John Bolton's firing won't end the confusion over US foreign policy," 11 Sep. 2019 The descriptions of leaving the body and blissful unity with the universal seem almost scripted from religious beliefs about souls leaving the body at death and ascending toward heavenly bliss. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "New Clues Found in Understanding Near-Death Experiences," 10 Sep. 2019 What ought to be a moment to celebrate German unity may become an occasion to highlight its rifts. The Economist, "Germany’s ruling parties have escaped electoral disaster," 7 Sep. 2019 But secrets of the past and present will surely test the fragile unity. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Sept. 1-7," 1 Sep. 2019 Suddenly the pregame ritual became a point of division rather than unity. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 The Democratic presidential candidates form a chorus line and display a unity that has been notably absent from the recent debates. Peter Spiliakos, National Review, "The Simpsons and the Cowardice of Tribal Comedy," 28 Aug. 2019 Skip to main content Tensions are high in advance of G-7 summit World leaders will arrive Saturday in southwest France for the annual G-7 summit amid fears of a global recession and as disputes over trade and climate change test unity. Editors, USA TODAY, "G-7 summit, college football and Amazon wildfires: 5 things to know this weekend," 24 Aug. 2019 Waging unity against hatred, intolerance and cultural disparagement is a ritual for Karina Gasperin. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Cultural embrace: Defying acts of hatred, Seattle-area Afrolatino Festival goes on," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for unity

Middle English unite, from Anglo-French unité, from Latin unitat-, unitas, from unus one — more at one

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unity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of unity

: the state of being in full agreement
: a way of combining the parts in a work of art or literature so that they seem to belong together

unity

noun
uni·​ty | \ ˈyü-nə-tē How to pronounce unity (audio) \
plural unities

Kids Definition of unity

1 : the quality or state of being one
2 : the state of those who are in full agreement : harmony Why can't we live in unity?

unity

noun
uni·​ty | \ ˈyü-nə-tē How to pronounce unity (audio) \
plural unities

Legal Definition of unity

1 : the quality or state of not being multiple : the quality or state of being one, single, whole, or the same only if there is unity of ownership of the immovable and movables
2 : an aspect (as time, title, interest, or possession) of a joint tenancy that must be identical as it relates to the cotenants such a conveyance severs the joint tenancy by removing the unities of time and title

Note: At common law, all four unities were required to be present for a joint tenancy. Conveying the interests of the cotenants at the same time creates the unity of time. Conveying the interests of the cotenants in the same instrument creates the unity of title. Conveying the same interest (as fee simple absolute) to the cotenants creates the unity of interest. Conveying a common right of possession or enjoyment creates the unity of possession.

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