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triplicate

[n., adj. trip-li-kit, -keyt; v. trip-li-keyt] /n., adj. ˈtrɪp lɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt; v. ˈtrɪp lɪˌkeɪt/
noun
1.
one of three identical items, especially copies of typewritten material.
verb (used with object), triplicated, triplicating.
2.
to make threefold; triple.
3.
to make in triplicate:
to triplicate a report before releasing it.
adjective
4.
produced in or consisting of three copies or parts; threefold; triple:
triplicate contracts.
Idioms
5.
in triplicate,
  1. in three identical copies:
    This letter should be done in triplicate.
  2. threefold:
    That goes for me, too, in triplicate.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin triplicātus (past participle of triplicāre to triple), equivalent to triplic- (stem of triplex) triplex + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
triplication, noun
subtriplicate, adjective
subtriplicated, adjective
subtriplication, noun
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  • triplication is the term for this phenomenon of copying three times.
British Dictionary definitions for triplication

triplicate

adjective (ˈtrɪplɪkɪt)
1.
triple
verb (ˈtrɪplɪˌkeɪt)
2.
to multiply or be multiplied by three
noun (ˈtrɪplɪkɪt)
3.
  1. a group of three things
  2. one of such a group
4.
in triplicate, written out three times
Derived Forms
triplication, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin triplicāre to triple, from triplex
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Word Origin and History for triplication

triplicate

adj.

early 15c., "triple, threefold," from Latin triplicatus, past participle of triplicare "to triple," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + plicare "to fold" see ply (v.1)). The verb meaning "to multiply by three" is recorded from 1620s.

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