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

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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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Yesterday’s march was an impressive show of unity by teenagers and students, the elderly, business people, professionals, families and religious groups. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong Freedom Campaigner Joshua Wong Released From Prison as Protesters Vow to Fight On," 17 June 2019 The Huckabee who used to urge bipartisan unity appears to no longer exist. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders the Future of the Republican Party?," 17 June 2019 My words became a divider in a time where togetherness and unity is crucial. Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Responded to a Fan-Made Video With an Apology for Her 2017 Comments About Hip-Hop," 12 June 2019 My words became a divider in a time where togetherness and unity is crucial. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Miley Cyrus apologizes for 'racially insensitive' comments about hip-hop," 12 June 2019 My words became a divider in a time where togetherness and unity is crucial. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Miley Cyrus apologizes for racially 'insensitive' comments about hip hop," 12 June 2019 To do so would dishonor the survivors, students and faculty members who have built on that tragedy creating resilience, strength and unity. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Columbine High School’s future; A vote to diminish your vote; Artistic interpretation (6/12/19)," 12 June 2019 Japan’s new emperor pledged to be a symbol of peace and national unity in his first public remarks after taking the throne. Peter Landers, WSJ, "Japan’s New Emperor Ascends to Chrysanthemum Throne After Father Abdicates," 30 Apr. 2019 Victims' relatives said prayers for their country, pleaded for national unity and pressed officials not to use the 2001 terror attacks as a political tool in a polarized nation. Jennifer Peltz And Karen Matthews, Fox News, "US marks 9/11 with somber tributes; Trump speaks at PA site," 12 Sep. 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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unity

noun

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

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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