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Meaning of bilateral

bi•lat•er•al

Pronunciation: (bī-lat'ur-ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to, involving, or affecting two or both sides, factions, parties, or the like: a bilateral agreement; bilateral sponsorship.
  2. located on opposite sides of an axis; two-sided, esp. when of equal size, value, etc.
  3. pertaining to the right and left sides of a structure, plane, etc.
  4. (of a contract) binding the parties to reciprocal obligations.
  5. through both parents equally:Cf. unilateral (def. 7). bilateral affiliation.
—n.
  1. a bilateral agreement, esp. regarding international trade.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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