uni·ty | \ ˈyü-nə-tē \
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

(2) : identity element

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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However, beneath statements about NATO's unity and indispensability - and the alarm over Trump - the alliance is arguably undergoing a tectonic shift, and Trump may be as much its manifestation as its cause. chicagotribune.com, "U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe," 29 June 2018 Saudi Arabia compromises Riyadh is the leader of OPEC and deeply cares about the unity of the 58-year old group, one of its major diplomatic achievements. Javier Blas, Bloomberg.com, "OPEC Heads to Decisive Meeting With Four Possible Outcomes," 22 June 2018 In the past, questions have been asked about the team's unity. SI.com, "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing Belgium's Chances at the Tournament," 5 June 2018 Adding to that were new concerns about Spanish political unity, with a confidence vote scheduled for Friday to decide the future of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s center-right government. David Hodari, WSJ, "Gold Pressured Despite Political Trouble in Europe," 29 May 2018 Wochit Wednesday's #RedForEd protest, arguably the largest demonstration of Arizona educator unity in recent history, started with a group of teachers spontaneously banding together on social media. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Teachers behind #RedForEd protest ‘in awe’ of support, plot next moves," 8 Mar. 2018 Their denim jacket, lovingly called the Kutte, is a symbol of the fans' transnational unity and local identity. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 There has been, during this World Cup, a sense of unity and family, some of it attributed to the guiding presence of Thierry Henry, and the mentoring and maturity of Lukaku toward some younger players. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "The Improbable Beauty of Lukaku’s Hop," 6 July 2018 Germany’s approach to its title defense represented the power of teamwork, unity and humility—of a restless refusal to settle for the status quo. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Quarterfinal Stage a Narrative Tipping Point for World Cup Contenders," 5 July 2018

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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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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


uni·ty | \ ˈyü-nə-tē \
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?


uni·ty | \ ˈyü-nə-tē \
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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