1. involving or decided by only one group or country; 2. tracing the lineage of only one parent
– That country’s forces operated unilaterally, without the help of armed forces from other nations.
– You can’t make unilateral decisions without consulting the group.
– The CEO made a unilateral decision, without the approval of the board of directors.
– We often make unilateral decisions without consulting our parent company because they take too long to respond to our questions.
a person who is interested in an art or field of knowledge but has only a superficial understanding of it, but pretends that his or her knowledge is extensive
– Richard loves all the arts, but he doesn’t know much about any of them; he is a dilettante in sculpture, painting, and music.
– You know you’re a dilettante if you can say two sentences in more than five foreign languages.
– I love to paint, and though I’m just a dilettante at the moment, I hope to become more serious about it in the future and hopefully turn it into a career.
– He always professed to be knowledgeable about various artists, but when we visited some art galleries together, I realized he was just a dilettante.
dabbler, amateur, novice