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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.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the practice or principle of nations or parties trading or forming agreements on a multilateral basis
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the quality of being multilateral
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the practice of promoting trade among several countries through agreements concerning quantity and price of commodities, as the Common Market, and, sometimes, restrictive tariffs on goods from outsiders.
See also: Economics
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