Meaning of UNITARY in English


-ˌterē, -ri adjective

Etymology: unit (I) & unity + -ary

1. : of, relating to, based upon, or characterized by unity

a unitary movement in politics

: monistic


a. : having the character of a unit : not divided or discontinuous

a unitary process

b. : functioning as a unit especially of measurement

established a unitary distance on which to base subsequent calculations

a unitary university

c. : of, relating to, or constituting a system of government in which power is held by a central authority and may be delegated to but is not derived from constituent subdivisions — distinguished from federal


a. : of, relating to, or involving the use of units

a unitary approach to a problem

the unitary method in arithmetic

b. : made up of discrete units

a unitary loudspeaker with four speaker units associated in a single assembly

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.