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  1. divided into or consisting of four parts.
  2. involving four participants: a quadripartite treaty.
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Origin of quadripartite

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word quadripartītus. See quadri-, partite
Related formsquad·ri·par·tite·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • The nave has three quadripartite bays, and a half-bay to the west.

    The Shores of the Adriatic

    F. Hamilton Jackson

  • Rawlinson says, "A quadripartite division of Alexander's domain was recognized."

    Our Day

    W. A. Spicer

  • The tower-vault has quadripartite groining, with curious ornaments at the base of the ribs, and is supported by two Norm.


    G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade

  • The question for the house was whether this country was not justified in abiding by the terms of the quadripartite treaty.

  • In front of the apses is a solea with a wagon vault, except in front of the small aisle apse, where it is quadripartite.

    The Shores of the Adriatic

    F. Hamilton Jackson

British Dictionary definitions for quadripartite


  1. divided into or composed of four parts
  2. maintained by or involving four participants or groups of participants
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Word Origin and History for quadripartite


early 15c., from Latin quadripartitus, from quadri- "four" (see quadri-) + partitus, past participle of partiri "to divide" (see part (v.)).

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