[ trih-kot-uh-mee ]
/ trɪˈkɒt ə mi /
noun, plural tri·chot·o·mies.
division into three parts, classes, categories, etc.
an instance of such a division, as in thought, structure, or object.
the three-part division of human beings into body, spirit, and soul.
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Origin of trichotomy
1600–10; <New Latin trichotomia<Greek trích(a) in three parts + New Latin -tomia-tomy
OTHER WORDS FROM trichotomytrich·o·tom·ic [trik-uh-tom-ik], /ˌtrɪk əˈtɒm ɪk/, tri·chot·o·mous, adjectivetri·chot·o·mous·ly, adverb
Words nearby trichotomy
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British Dictionary definitions for trichotomy
/ (traɪˈkɒtəmɪ) /
noun plural -mies
division into three categories
theol the division of man into body, spirit, and soul
Derived forms of trichotomytrichotomic (ˌtrɪkəˈtɒmɪk) or trichotomous, adjectivetrichotomously, adverb
Word Origin for trichotomy
C17: probably from New Latin trichotomia, from Greek trikhotomein to divide into three, from trikha triple + temnein to cut
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