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BILATERAL: An action, often used in terms of an international trade agreement, that mutually affects two parties. As such, a bilateral trade agreement is one negotiated by two countries. For example, the United States might enter into a bilateral agreement with Germany over car sales, such that each agrees to restrict the number of imports from the other. Compare multilateral, unilateral.

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TERMS OF TRADE: The quantity of one good that's given up to get another. Terms of trade is usually applied to foreign trade, although it's just as applicable to any sort of exchange. Terms of (foreign) trade are said to improve when one country gives up a relatively smaller quantity of their stuff to get a relatively larger quantity of another country's stuff. Terms of trade depend on the relative productivity of two countries and is reflected by exchange rates.

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PERFECTLY ELASTIC

An elasticity alternative in which infinitesimally small changes in one variable (usually price) cause infinitely large changes in another variable (usually quantity). Quantity is infinitely responsive to price. Any change in price, no matter how small, triggers an infinite change in quantity. This characterization of elasticity is most important for the price elasticity of demand and the price elasticity of supply. Perfectly elastic is one of five elasticity alternatives. The other four are perfectly inelastic, relatively elastic, relatively inelastic, and unit elastic.

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