trichotomy

trichotomy

[trih-kot-uh-mee]
noun, plural trichotomies.
1.
division into three parts, classes, categories, etc.
2.
an instance of such a division, as in thought, structure, or object.
3.
the three-part division of human beings into body, spirit, and soul.

Origin:
1600–10; < Neo-Latin trichotomia < Greek trích(a) in three parts + Neo-Latin -tomia -tomy

trichotomic [trik-uh-tom-ik] , trichotomous, adjective
trichotomously, adverb
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trichotomy (traɪˈkɒtəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
1.  division into three categories
2.  theol the division of man into body, spirit, and soul
 
[C17: probably from New Latin trichotomia, from Greek trikhotomein to divide into three, from trikha triple + temnein to cut]
 
trichotomic
 
adj
 
tri'chotomous
 
adj
 
tri'chotomously
 
adv

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