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1. Having many sides.
2. Involving more than two nations or parties: multilateral trade agreements.

mul′ti·lat′er·al·ism n.
mul′ti·lat′er·al·ist n.
mul′ti·lat′er·al·ly adv.


(ˌmʌltɪˈlætərəl; -ˈlætrəl)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or involving more than two nations or parties: a multilateral pact.
2. having many sides
ˌmultiˈlaterally adv


(ˌmʌl tɪˈlæt ər əl)

1. having several or many sides.
2. participated in by more than two nations, parties, etc.: multilateral talks.
mul`ti•lat′er•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.multilateral - having many parts or sidesmultilateral - having many parts or sides    
unilateral, one-sided - involving only one part or side; "unilateral paralysis"; "a unilateral decision"


[ˈmʌltɪˈlætərəl] ADJ (Pol) → multilateral


[ˌmʌltiˈlætərəl] adjmultilatéral(e)multi-level [ˌmʌltiˈlɛvəl] adj (US) = multi-storey


[ˌmʌltɪˈlætrl] adj (Pol) → multilaterale
multilateral trade → interscambio
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