noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English unite, from Anglo-French unité, from Latin unitat-, unitas, from unus one — more at one Date: 14th century 1. a. the quality or state of not being multiple ; oneness b. (1) a definite amount taken as one or for which 1 is made to stand in calculation <
in a table of natural sines the radius of the circle is regarded as unity
(2) identity element 2. a. a condition of harmony ; accord b. continuity without deviation or change (as in purpose or action) 3. a. the quality or state of being made one ; unification b. a combination or ordering of parts in a literary or artistic production that constitutes a whole or promotes an undivided total effect; also the resulting singleness of effect or symmetry and consistency of style and character 4. a totality of related parts ; an entity that is a complex or systematic whole 5. any of three principles of dramatic structure derived by French classicists from Aristotle's Poetics and requiring a play to have a single action represented as occurring in one place and within one day 6. capitalized a 20th century American religious movement that emphasizes spiritual sources of health and prosperity

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