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  1. divided into or consisting of two parts.
  2. Law. being in two corresponding parts: a bipartite contract.
  3. shared by two; joint: a bipartite pact; bipartite rule.
  4. Botany. divided into two parts nearly to the base, as a leaf.
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Origin of bipartite

1500–10; < Latin bipartītus divided into two parts, bisected (past participle of bipartīre). See bi-1, part, -ite2
Related formsbi·par·tite·ly, adverbbi·par·ti·tion [bahy-pahr-tish-uh n] /ˌbaɪ pɑrˈtɪʃ ən/, noun
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Related Words for bipartite

binary, amphibian, diploid, bilateral, dual, bifurcate, amphibious, bicameral, bigeminal, binal, bipartisan, bipartite, dichotomic, dichotomous, distichous, dualistic, dyadic

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Historical Examples of bipartite

  • Bipartite, bi′part-īt, or bī-prt′īt, adj. divided into two like parts.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • It was bipartite, and rather on the incongruous principle discountenanced in the Horatian Epistle to the Pisos.

    The Confessions of a Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

  • But as they mostly consist of two quite unequal parts, they certainly stand in a closer relationship to the bipartite stanzas.

  • 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).

  • This important class of bipartite unequal-membered anisometrical stanzas was very much in vogue in the Middle English period.

British Dictionary definitions for bipartite


  1. consisting of or having two parts
  2. affecting or made by two parties; bilaterala bipartite agreement
  3. botany (esp of some leaves) divided into two parts almost to the base
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Derived Formsbipartitely, adverbbipartition (ˌbaɪpɑːˈtɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for bipartite


1570s, from Latin bipartitus "divided," past participle of bipartire "to divide into two parts," from bi- (see bi-) + partitus, past participle of partiri "to divide" (see part (v.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bipartite in Medicine


  1. Consisting of two parts or divisions.
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