tripartite

tripartite

[trahy-pahr-tahyt]
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:
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)
 
adj
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
 
tri'partitely
 
adv

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tripartite
c.1420, "divided in three," from L. tripartitus "divided into three parts," from tri- "three" + partitus, pp. of partiri "to divide" (see part (v.)).
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