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[trahy-pahr-tahyt] /traɪˈpɑr taɪt/
divided into or consisting of three parts:
the tripartite occupation of West Germany.
involving, participated in, or made by three parties:
a tripartite treaty signed by Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
Botany. divided into three parts.
Origin of tripartite
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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  • The list of their names and functions is given in the tripartite.

  • These tripartite treaties were of course to stand or fall together.

  • For example, are we to attribute his tripartite division of the soul to the gods?

    Phaedrus Plato
  • From its tripartite boughs are made yearly thousands upon thousands of the three-pronged forks used in agriculture.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • This worm had a tripartite body; as had likewise a Tnia crassicollis of which he did not possess the head (corpore prismatico).

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • But those of six lines may belong either to the bipartite (a a a, a a a) or to the tripartite class (a a, a a, a a).

  • Thus this tripartite division is not contrary to that which made the study of wisdom to consist in action and contemplation.

    The City of God, Volume I Aurelius Augustine
  • The tripartite division in Genesis x. indicates a somewhat strict geographical separation of the three main trunks.

  • Next day there was another meeting on the same raft, but this was tripartite, for the King of Prussia was present.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • But this tripartite angel died unborn, for in 1837 Chopin found himself deserted by her.

British Dictionary definitions for tripartite


divided into or composed of three parts
involving three participants
(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

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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