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

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 on the Web Rajapaksa earlier reshuffled his Cabinet and offered a unity government in an attempt to quell the protests, but opposition parties refused to join a government headed by the Rajapaksa brothers. Arkansas Online, 30 Apr. 2022 Rajapaksa earlier reshuffled his Cabinet and offered a unity government in an attempt to quell the protests, but opposition parties refused to join a government headed by the Rajapaksa brothers. Krishan Francis, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 Resisting calls to step down, Gotabaya Rajapaksa instead appealed for the formation of a unity government, an offer that was rebuffed by the opposition. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 Tens of thousands died in the civil war, ended by a 2018 peace deal that brought Kiir and Machar together in a unity government. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2022 The Iraqi Parliament approves Maliki’s choices for the Iraqi national unity government. CNN, 7 Mar. 2022 There had been some signs of cracks in that unity, however, especially over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 18 Jan. 2022 Rival Libyan officials agreed to a cease-fire and a U.N. plan to install an interim unity government followed by elections. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 There does not appear to be any single candidate who could command broad enough support to lead a new unity government, diplomats and analysts said. New York Times, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unity. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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