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
Recent Examples on the Web Meijer pushed back against critics saying that impeachment was divided, saying that unity could not be achieved unless there was accountability. Grace Segers, CBS News, "GOP Congressman Peter Meijer says Trump "destroyed" his legacy after January 6," 26 Feb. 2021 In their letter to Biden on Monday, the Republican lawmakers said that Becerra's nomination flies in the face of Biden's calls for unity on Inauguration Day. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, "Biden HHS nominee to highlight experience as GOP gears up for fight," 23 Feb. 2021 Neither Democrats nor Republicans are ready to take a unity pledge. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Americans working to heal divisions in the Re-United States," 21 Feb. 2021 Toomey told me that President Joe Biden talks unity but seems to be, so far, governing from the left, seeking Democratic votes only. Keith C. Burris, Star Tribune, "What America needs is a moral awakening," 21 Feb. 2021 As a way to help advocate for unity through music, Crump has reached out to artists throughout Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Miami and the rest of the state. Nile Fortner, sun-sentinel.com, "Motown memories: Songwriter advocates for unity through music," 19 Feb. 2021 Other Republican leaders have tried to look past the divisions in an effort to foster unity. Michael Scherer, Anchorage Daily News, "State and local GOP committees attack any Republicans who dare turn on Trump," 11 Feb. 2021 That unity extends to the Senate, which has often been at odds with House legislative priorities over the last decade. James Barragán, Dallas News, "After electoral wins, Texas House Republicans confident in their agenda, unity," 3 Feb. 2021 Last month, millions of Americans watched as President Biden took the oath of office and, in a high-minded Inaugural Address, called for a new era of American unity. New York Times, "How the Biden Administration Can Help Solve Our Reality Crisis," 2 Feb. 2021

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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 8 Mar. 2021.

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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 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?


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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