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1. Having or formed of two sides; two-sided.
2. Affecting or undertaken by two sides equally; binding on both parties: a bilateral agreement; bilateral negotiations.
3. Relating to both the right and the left side of the body or of a body structure: bilateral mastectomy.
4. Having or marked by bilateral symmetry.

bi·lat′er·al·ism n.
bi·lat′er·al·ly adv.
bi·lat′er·al·ness n.


the practice of being bilateral


the practice of promoting trade between two countries through agreements concerning quantity and price of commodities. Cf. multilateralism.bilateralistic, adj.
See also: Economics
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Noun1.bilateralism - the property of being symmetrical about a vertical planebilateralism - the property of being symmetrical about a vertical plane
symmetricalness, symmetry, correspondence, balance - (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
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37) The irony is that this is at least partially due to US design, based on a so-called bilateralist "hub and spokes" system in which, traditionally, the United States was the hub that provided development aid, very generous open-trade preferences (allowing protectionist policies by the bilateral allies), military equipment and training, and finally, basing of US forces and steady US deterrent threats to individual nations (spokes) rather than an overarching multilateral alliance or economic institution.
It begins from an inferentialist, and particularly bilateralist, theory of meaning--one which takes meaning to be constituted by assertibility and deniability conditions--and shows how the usual multiple-conclusion sequent calculus for classical logic can be given an inferentialist motivation, leaving classical model theory as of only derivative importance.
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