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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The unity on display Wednesday was heartwarming for Katelyn Maudlin, a Noblesville native preparing to enter her sophomore year at Ball State. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Ella Whistler and Jason Seaman lead the Noblesville Fourth of July parade," 4 July 2018 Their belief that unity is the foundation of a prosperous world is something that speaks to my values as a Baha'i. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Kenyan Cool Girl’s Guide to Nairobi," 2 July 2018 This unity was amply on display on Sunday in tweets from Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer: This G7 meeting shows that united support for free trade is at serious risk. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Donald Trump unifies the nation (Canada, that is).," 11 June 2018 Where there is not unity is over who are the best candidates to bring these issues forward. Peter Kiefer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Barbara Boxer and Daughter Nicole Launch Political Podcast In Time For the Midterms," 1 June 2018 Black unity is a prerequisite for sustainable change. ... Max Londberg, kansascity, "Black Privilege app launches in KC, aims to funnel money to black-owned biz | The Kansas City Star," 27 May 2018 That unity is in contrast to how Americans regarded dealing with Iran in 2015, when Republican skepticism of Obama offset Democratic optimism for the deal, dragging down the overall support level. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Trump's reality-show handling of prisoner release belies hard diplomacy ahead with North Korea," 10 May 2018 More than 1,300 miles away from Parkland, San Antonio high school student Selina Noe feels a sense of unity with her Parkland peers. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Teens take the national stage, armed with ... civics lessons?," 23 Mar. 2018 Yet as Stefaan de Rynck, an EU negotiator, said in London this week, unity has been surprisingly strong. The Economist, "Thanks but no thanksThe EU rejects Theresa May’s “pick ’n’ mix” Brexit plan," 7 Mar. 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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