multilateral mul‧ti‧lat‧e‧ral [ˌmʌltɪˈlætrəl◂] adjective ECONOMICS
involving several different countries:

• a multilateral trade agreement

• the World Bank and other multilateral development banks

— compare bilateral, unilateral
— multilaterally adverb :

• Consultations took place both multilaterally and bilaterally.

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multilateral UK US /ˌmʌltiˈlætərəl/ adjective
involving or affecting several different countries, organizations, etc.: »

Attempts to reach a comprehensive multilateral agreement with binding rules have thus far not been successful.


The next round of multilateral negotiations will commence next month.


Australia remains strongly committed to the multilateral trading system.

Compare BILATERAL(Cf. ↑bilateral), UNILATERAL(Cf. ↑unilateral)
multilaterally /ˌmʌltiˈlætərəli/ adverb

Trading policies of individual WTO members are examined multilaterally by turn, and in depth.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • multilatéral — multilatéral, ale, aux [ myltilateral, o ] adj. • 1948; de multi et latéral ♦ Polit. Qui concerne des rapports entre États; à quoi adhèrent, participent plusieurs États. ⇒ plurilatéral. Un accord multilatéral. ⊗ CONTR. Unilatéral. ● multilatéral …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • multilateral — MULTILATERÁL, Ă, multilaterali, e, adj. Care îmbrăţişează mai multe aspecte ale realităţii, care se desfăşoară pe mai multe planuri, orientat în mai multe sensuri. – Din fr. multilatéral. Trimis de ana zecheru, 26.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98 … …   Dicționar Român

  • Multilateral — (lat. multus = viel, latus = Seite) bedeutet vielseitig. In der Politik verwendet man den Begriff multilateral, wenn mehrere Staaten kooperativ, prinzipiell gleichberechtigt gemeinsam handeln (Diplomatie betreiben). Beim Multilateralismus werden… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • multilateral — adjetivo 1. Que tiene varios lados, partes o as pectos: política multilateral, ayuda multilateral al Tercer Mundo …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • multilateral — adj. 2 g. 1. Que é relativo a ou tem vários lados. 2. Que é referente a ou que contém várias partes interessadas (ex.: acordo multilateral). • s. m. 3.  [Geometria] O mesmo que multilátero.   ‣ Etimologia: multi + lateral …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • multilateral — 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo a varios lados, partes o aspectos. 2. Que concierne a varios estados o afecta a las relaciones entre ellos. Acuerdo, cooperación multilateral …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • multilateral — [mul΄ti lat′ər əl] adj. [ MULTI + LATERAL] 1. many sided 2. participated in by more than two parties, nations, etc. [a multilateral treaty] multilateralism n. multilaterally adv …   English World dictionary

  • Multilateral — Mul ti*lat er*al, a. [Multi + lateral.] Having many sides; many sided. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • multilateral — adj. Involving the participation of at least three parties, especially governments or nations. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • multilateral — (adj.) also multi lateral, 1690s, in geometry, having many sides, from MULTI (Cf. multi ) + L. latus (gen. lateris) side (see OBLATE (Cf. oblate) (n.)). Figurative use by 1748. Meaning pertaining to three or more countries is from 1802. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

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