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trichotomy

[trih-kot-uh-mee] /trɪˈkɒt ə mi/
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
1600-1610
1600-10; < Neo-Latin trichotomia < Greek trích(a) in three parts + Neo-Latin -tomia -tomy
Related forms
trichotomic
[trik-uh-tom-ik] /ˌtrɪk əˈtɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
trichotomous, adjective
trichotomously, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for trichotomous

trichotomy

/traɪˈkɒtəmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
division into three categories
2.
(theol) the division of man into body, spirit, and soul
Derived Forms
trichotomic (ˌtrɪkəˈtɒmɪk), trichotomous, adjective
trichotomously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: probably from New Latin trichotomia, from Greek trikhotomein to divide into three, from trikha triple + temnein to cut
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