unity

noun
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
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 crisis was triggered by Sirisena’s move to withdraw his party from a national unity government, sack Wickremesinghe as prime minister and appoint Rajapaksa in his place. Krishan Francis, The Seattle Times, "Sri Lankan lawmakers question Rajapaksa’s parliamentary seat," 18 Dec. 2018 Community, religious, school and political leaders immediately denounced the vandalism and called for unity. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Grand jury indicts teens accused of hate crimes at Glenelg High School," 13 July 2018 Rosenstein’s call for national unity against a threat to American civic life is laudable. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Truth Without Consequences," 13 July 2018 According to the report, Ramos' anger at the decision was balanced out by the more measured approach of Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique, who pleaded for unity on behalf of Spain legend Andres Iniesta. SI.com, "Report Claims Julen Lopetegui Sacked as Spain Boss Only After He Refused to Resign Position," 18 June 2018 Kim and Breed released cordial statements condemning the language used and calling for unity. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Side trip on Muni: just one stop in puppy’s life," 14 May 2018 But the success, or lack of it, of the early efforts by McVay and Phillips to promote unity and cohesion could be the key. Mark Maske, The Seattle Times, "What to watch as NFL teams report to training camps," 24 July 2018 Francis’s trip to Geneva was aimed at promoting unity among Christians, including by concretely working together for peace and justice in the world. Washington Post, "Pope: Countries should take in as many refugees as they can," 21 June 2018 Francis's trip to Geneva was aimed at promoting unity among Christians, including by concretely working together for peace and justice in the world. Alessandra Tarantino, Fox News, "Pope: Countries should take in as many refugees as they can," 21 June 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 \
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 \
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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