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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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