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 After turning his ire to Trump and calling for Democratic unity, Sanders spoke more about this coalition and his unique position as a presidential contender. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Bernie Sanders's New Hampshire Win Confirms He is the Front-runner, Like It or Not," 12 Feb. 2020 Warren still can't be counted out, either, with her appeal for unity combined with progressive politics that hew closely to Sanders'. Rick Klein, ABC News, "Klobuchar crashes top tier as Sanders, Buttigieg top field in New Hampshire: ANALYSIS," 11 Feb. 2020 However, hearing them come from Buttigieg, who’s based his campaign on being a kind of post-partisan politician preaching a message of unity, is notable. cleveland, "Pete Buttigieg is on the attack in Iowa," 1 Feb. 2020 His main rival, Abdullah Abdullah, who serves as the country’s chief executive in a fragile national unity government with Ghani, has claimed fraud. Washington Post, "Afghans will need billions more in aid, as US looks to leave," 31 Jan. 2020 President Kiir and opposition leaders reached a peace deal in 2018, but haven't been able to implement it and form a unity government. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "U.S. Blacklists Senior South Sudanese Official," 8 Jan. 2020 And for Biden, these were moments that transcended partisanship and called for national unity. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden wants to be a normal president in a highly abnormal age.," 6 Jan. 2020 While both Netanyahu, who has led the country for more than a decade, and Gantz had called for a unity government that would see their parties ruling together, neither was willing to compromise on their core demands. Ruth Eglash, Anchorage Daily News, "Israel heading for third election in less than a year after politicians fail to form government," 11 Dec. 2019 Both Netanyahu and Gantz expressed an openness to a unity government. Aron Heller, chicagotribune.com, "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on fraud, breach of trust and bribery in three separate corruption cases," 21 Nov. 2019

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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