Origin of multipartite

First recorded in 1715–25, multipartite is from the Latin word multipartītus divided into many parts. See multi-, partite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for multipartite

Historical Examples of multipartite

  • But from no examination of the multipartite segments can we derive anything like an adequate conception of the original ball.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne

British Dictionary definitions for multipartite


  1. divided into many parts or sections
  2. government a less common word for multilateral
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Word Origin and History for multipartite

also multi-partite, 1721, from Latin multipartitus "divided into many parts," from multi- (see multi-) + partitus, past participle of partire "to divide" (see partition).

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