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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.
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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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Enhanced bilateralism between Pakistan and Afghanistan with particular emphasis on coordination arrangements along Pakistan-Afghanistan border was also deliberated upon during the meeting, the statement said.
Provided the obstacles to free movement are addressed to the satisfaction of EU states, we could imagine a new structure that would differ from sector-based bilateralism and be more like a mini-European Economic Area.
"The WTO has demonstrated its role that we needed most amid the growing bilateralism and regionalism trading systems nowadays.
"Globally, it is now established that the template for resolution of issues between India and Pakistan is bilateralism. This is established and accepted by all countries.
Policy of bilateralism was enforced by India so as to keep third party mediation out.
Pastor argues that the status quo--three sets of national policies working at cross-purposes, "dual bilateralism, and a general tendency to fight fires rather than coordinate proactively--is growing more and more dysfunctional.
Schill observes that this convergence is 'surprising' in light of the historic 'failure' of multilateral investment treaties, as well as the greater flexibility offered by bilateralism 'in tailoring international obligations to the specific relationship between the two States' (p 11).
"Switzerland was not ill-treated by the court on the pretext that it is not a member of the EU." That is important with the approach of an operation to modernise bilateralism, which will oblige Switzerland to bring its legislation into line with EU law more systematically.
The problem is that, despite the clear need for multilateralism, there is a risk of a relapse into bilateralism due to a lack of global leadership.
At present our concern should be thrust on unity rather than pursuing the path of bilateralism, which has all along failed in achieving break through in respect of solution of Kashmir dispute.
The DPJ government will ''engage in an autonomous foreign create and act out long-term plans'' instead of extreme bilateralism or a simple stance prioritizing U.N.

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