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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: lateralis, from latus 'side'

lateral

adjective
     
lat‧e‧ral formal
1 relating to the sides of something, or movement to the side:
The wall is weak and requires lateral support.
2 relating to positions, jobs, relationships etc that are at the same level or rank:
Employees can expect lateral moves to different departments, to gain experience.
laterally adverb

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