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 The separatists’ threat to national unity has fuelled the rise of Vox, which wants to limit Spain’s sweeping regional autonomy. The Economist, "Pedro Sánchez again falls short of a majority in Spain’s election," 14 Nov. 2019 Fernández de Kirchner’s long shadow Fernández’s efforts to promote national unity were complicated by his running mate’s polarizing record. Jennifer Pribble, The Conversation, "Argentina elects new president on promises to fix economy and unify a struggling nation," 28 Oct. 2019 If Johnson lost, the opposition could try to form a national-unity government, or there could be an election. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A crunch Brexit week looms with drama in London and Brussels," 13 Oct. 2019 The federal Office of War Information commissioned artists to design the posters to bolster national unity and encourage citizens to join the war effort. Daily Pilot, "Old-fashioned propaganda visits O.C. fairgrounds for new exhibit," 3 Oct. 2019 Mugabe claimed victory, but was eventually forced by African leaders to implement a government of national unity with Tsvangirai and other opposition figures. Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times, "Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longtime president, dies at 95," 5 Sep. 2019 Supporters welcomed his tribute to the U.S. military while protesters assailed him for putting himself center stage on a holiday devoted to unity. Calvin Woodward, chicagotribune.com, "Trump hails military at Fourth of July event in Washington amid supporters and protesters," 4 July 2019 The Catholic Monarchs ventured down a dark path to unity through the terror and pain of others, a move that still casts dark shadows over Spanish history. National Geographic, "To seize power in Spain, Queen Isabella had to play it smart," 28 Mar. 2019 Despite political divisiveness on the state and national level, grassroots elections often cultivate a spirit of unity. John Benson, cleveland, "Fairview Park voters elect new faces to City Council," 11 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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The first known use of unity was in the 14th century

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7 Dec 2019

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“Unity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unity?src=search-dict-hed. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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