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tripartite

[trahy-pahr-tahyt] /traɪˈpɑr taɪt/
adjective
1.
divided into or consisting of three parts:
the tripartite occupation of West Germany.
2.
involving, participated in, or made by three parties:
a tripartite treaty signed by Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
3.
Botany. divided into three parts.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin tripartītus divided into three parts, equivalent to tri- tri- + partītus, past participle of partīre to divide. See part, -ite2
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tripartite

/traɪˈpɑːtaɪt/
adjective
1.
divided into or composed of three parts
2.
involving three participants
3.
(esp of leaves) consisting of three parts formed by divisions extending almost to the base
Derived Forms
tripartitely, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tripartite
adj.

early 15c., "divided in three," from Latin tripartitus "divided into three parts," from tri- "three" (see three) + partitus, past participle of partiri "to divide" (see part (v.)).

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