Definition of unity
1a : the quality or state of not being multiple : onenessb (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 (2) : identity element
2a : a condition of harmony : accordb : continuity without deviation or change (as in purpose or action)
3a : the quality or state of being made one : unificationb : 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
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
Recent Examples of unity from the Web
In the previous five years of his Senate tenure, Portman’s party unity score ranged from about 92 percent to 84 percent.
The scuffle, which came at the end of a night of unity, with calls for young people to make better choices, was unfortunate and wrong, said Rev. C.T. Kirk, a Rock Hill minister and middle school teacher who witnessed it.
Their answers are profoundly intimate and incredibly moving, encompassing the unity and love of the LGBTQ+ community at every level.
Some – taking it to the extreme – may ink up with the same tattoo in a display of unity.
The sense of Jewish unity reached its peak as the three boys were found murdered and were buried together.
Meanwhile, the Arabs, reeling from defeat, were more focused on keeping their own houses in order and maintaining some measure of unity in the wake of their latest military humiliation.
University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh announced further steps Thursday to increase campus unity after an African American student from another university was killed on campus last month.
And on the 132nd day, just after midnight, President Donald Trump had at last delivered the nation to something approaching unity — in bewilderment, if nothing else.
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UNITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of unity for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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
Additional Notes on unity
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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