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unidirectionality (yōōˈ·nē·d·rekˈ·sh·naˑ·li·tē),

n the notion that reality is contained within an immutable, linear time-space continuum, in which past precedes present, which in turn precedes future.
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Overall, we can assume unidirectionality from Instrument to Cause.
Assimilation, monolingualism, unidirectionality, and stereotyping.
Thus, deactivation occurs simultaneously with activation, the latter with reactivation, which compromises the principle of unidirectionality.
The social goal of fans is indeed super, or beyond, the natural, because at their core fan-celebrity relations are characterized by unidirectionality.
However, much recent research has been concerned with challenging this orthodoxy, both by claiming the existence of extensive counterexamples to unidirectionality (Janda 2001), and by claiming that grammaticalization itself is not a unified or explanatory process, but rather a frequent constellation of independent processes (Campbell 2001; Newmeyer 2001).
Although it is characteristic of the world's languages that the meaning of the future develops on the basis of agent-oriented modality and not the other way round (Heine, Kuteva 2002 : 218), the emergence of modal use on the basis of the meaning of future would not contradict the unidirectionality of grammaticalization.
For T topologies (2), unidirectionality and symmetry are crucial, and sometimes the T legs are designed with twice the impedance of the base, minimizing impedance discontinuities.
The Candelaio is filled with two common tropes that emphasize the unidirectionality of the characters' thinking: brachylogia and systrophe.
To ensure the appearance of coherence and unidirectionality, McGill has made a number of wise choices: it has given its new programme a generic formal name--"the McGill Programme"'--, unencumbered by descriptors such as "transsystemic", "integrated", or "polyjural"; it has conceptualized its curriculum at a very high level of abstraction--"a way of being alive", according to one faculty member; (6) it has embraced intellectual heterodoxy as its orthodoxy; and it has accepted that while encounters with mixite in individual courses is preferable, there is room for system-specific courses so long as they form part of an overall student experience that is polyjural.
Although one might lament the unidirectionality of her understanding of the relation between medicine and literature (her subtitle is The Influence of Medicine on American Literature), her study does explore the idea of a discourse that was not entirely dominated by scientific thinking.