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dichotomy

[dahy-kot-uh-mee] /daɪˈkɒt ə mi/
noun, plural dichotomies.
1.
division into two parts, kinds, etc.; subdivision into halves or pairs.
2.
division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups:
a dichotomy between thought and action.
3.
Botany. a mode of branching by constant forking, as in some stems, in veins of leaves, etc.
4.
Astronomy. the phase of the moon or of an inferior planet when half of its disk is visible.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Greek dichotomía. See dicho-, -tomy
Related forms
dichotomic
[dahy-kuh-tom-ik] /ˌdaɪ kəˈtɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
dichotomically, adverb
subdichotomy, noun, plural subdichotomies.
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British Dictionary definitions for dichotomic

dichotomy

/daɪˈkɒtəmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
division into two parts or classifications, esp when they are sharply distinguished or opposed the dichotomy between eastern and western cultures
2.
(logic) the division of a class into two mutually exclusive subclasses the dichotomy of married and single people
3.
(botany) a simple method of branching by repeated division into two equal parts
4.
the phase of the moon, Venus, or Mercury when half of the disc is visible
Derived Forms
dichotomous, dichotomic (ˌdaɪkəʊˈtɒmɪk) adjective
dichotomously, adverb
Usage note
Dichotomy should always refer to a division of some kind into two groups. It is sometimes used to refer to a puzzling situation which seems to involve a contradiction, but this use is generally thought to be incorrect
Word Origin
C17: from Greek dichotomia; see dicho-, -tomy
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Word Origin and History for dichotomic

dichotomy

n.

c.1600, from Greek dichotomia "a cutting in half," from dicha "in two, asunder" (related to dis "twice") + temnein "to cut" (see tome).

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