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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
multilateral
adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a multilateral agreementformal (= involving several countries or groups)
▪ a multilateral nuclear arms agreement
multilateral disarmament (=involving several different countries)
▪ It might be possible to negotiate some form of multilateral disarmament in the region.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
agency
▪ Money from multilateral agencies is also in short supply.
▪ The workers and peasants toil and sweat to service debts owed to the international bankers and multilateral agencies.
▪ Projects financed by multilateral agencies, such as the World Bank, were and are far from immune from this process.
▪ Furthermore they may be different ones from other bilateral or multilateral agencies, making a coordinated national conservation programme rather difficult.
▪ A few government and multilateral agencies have given most aid.
agreement
▪ Further bilateral and multilateral agreements were also envisaged to ensure that each country's armed forces participated in joint anti-drug initiatives.
▪ The multilateral agreement on investment: public health threat for the twenty-first century?
▪ International Agreements on the Laws of War Formal multilateral agreements are by no means the only source of the laws of war.
institution
▪ Thus, neither Moscow nor its charges has a clear interest in multilateral institutions which truly flourish.
treaty
▪ These topics are typically the subject matter of multilateral treaties which define mutually accepted uniform standards.
▪ States form an interlocking network of bilateral and multilateral treaty relationships, which reinforces the interdependence that characterises contemporary international relations.
▪ Similar claims may arise out of multilateral treaties, especially those that create regional or other organisations.
▪ Where a multilateral treaty creates a right potentially for all non-parties, can that right be revoked without their consent?
▪ However multilateral treaties have been instrumental in the shaping and sharing of community values.
▪ A general right of accession would have created a major inroad into the continuing bilateralism of even multilateral treaties.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
multilateral trade negotiations
▪ EU ministers proposed a multilateral agreement on arms control.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Furthermore they may be different ones from other bilateral or multilateral agencies, making a coordinated national conservation programme rather difficult.
▪ In any case, future agree-ments on multilateral action will still be subject to top-level consensus.
▪ It will bring together project leaders from the partner institutes to plan and co-ordinate the research and to develop the multilateral team.
▪ These topics are typically the subject matter of multilateral treaties which define mutually accepted uniform standards.
▪ This is particularly likely to apply to multilateral contracts; ie, where one party exercises powers over a number of others.
▪ Where a multilateral treaty creates a right potentially for all non-parties, can that right be revoked without their consent?
▪ Worse, in the short term, would be the economic dislocation caused by the retreat from today's multilateral trading system.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Multilateral

Multilateral \Mul`ti*lat"er*al\, a. [Multi- + lateral.] Having many sides; many-sided.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
multilateral

also multi-lateral, 1690s, in geometry, "having many sides," from multi- + Latin latus (genitive lateris) "side" (see oblate (n.)). Figurative use by 1748. Meaning "pertaining to three or more countries" is from 1802. Related: Multilaterally.

Wiktionary
multilateral

a. 1 Having many sides or points of view. 2 Involving more than one party (often used in politics to refer to negotiations, talks, or proceedings involving several nations).

WordNet
multilateral

adj. having many parts or sides [syn: many-sided] [ant: bilateral, unilateral]

Wikipedia
Multilateral

Multilateral may refer to:

  • Multilateralism
  • Multilateration
  • Flea flicker (American football)

Usage examples of "multilateral".

This brings up a final concern of all the Europeans, which is that the United States will decide unilaterally on regime change but will then try to make reconstruction a multilateral project to spread the costs.

Containment is the multilateral approach that the international community embraced after the Gulf War to deal with the threat of Saddam Hussein and his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and hegemony in the Persian Gulf region.

Security Council itself because multilateral sanctions are always more effective than unilateral sanctions, and sanctions decreed by the United Nations tend to be the most effective of all.

United States made a good-faith effort to try to handle the problem of Saddam Hussein and his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction through multilateral containment.

Why would the United States, or any other country, turn to the United Nations for a multilateral solution to another difficult security problem after the experience of Iraq?

Ideally, a revised sanctions regime would be mandated by the Security Council itself because multilateral sanctions are always more effective than unilateral sanctions, and sanctions decreed by the United Nations tend to be the most effective of all.

United States in the WTO, and they would likely win it easily--and we might face multilateral sanctions in return.

The United States made a good-faith effort to try to handle the problem of Saddam Hussein and his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction through multilateral containment.

Jordan - increased their unhealthy reliance on multilateral loans and foreign aid.

The United Nations - and the acronym soup of multilateral development banks, aid agencies and non-governmental organizations that descended on the region - failed to come up with a coherent plan for endowing Kosovo with a sustainable economy.

A military confrontation with any such nations, whether multilateral or unilateral, will require similar, major commitments.

He rarely saw conflicts in black and white, tried to avoid demonizing adversaries, and always looked for negotiated solutions first, preferably in a multilateral context.

The only bright spot on the world horizon in January was the White House signing of a NATO partnership with the Baltic nations, which was designed to formalize our security relationship and reassure them that the ultimate goal of all the NATO nations, including the United States, was the full integration of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia into NATO and other multilateral institutions.

There are several multilateral institutions in which such issues should be addressed.

The Financial Action Task Force, a multilateral government organization dedicated to standard setting, focused on money laundering, particularly as it related to crimes such as drug trafficking and large-scale fraud that involved vast amounts of illegally procured money.