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  1. divided into or consisting of three parts: the tripartite occupation of West Germany.
  2. involving, participated in, or made by three parties: a tripartite treaty signed by Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
  3. Botany. divided into three parts.
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Origin of tripartite

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin tripartītus divided into three parts, equivalent to tri- tri- + partītus, past participle of partīre to divide. See part, -ite2
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Related Words

treble, triple, trilateral, ternary, third, trinitarian, triangular, pyramidal, ternate, trichotomous, trigonal, trigonous, trinal, trinary, tripartite

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Historical Examples

  • For example, are we to attribute his tripartite division of the soul to the gods?



  • Of the same character is the copy of the Tripartite Indenture of Division.

  • In truth all that we know of St. Asicus is derived from the Tripartite.

  • The list of their names and functions is given in the Tripartite.

  • Constitutions also depend on the tripartite nature of the Soul.

British Dictionary definitions for tripartite


  1. divided into or composed of three parts
  2. involving three participants
  3. (esp of leaves) consisting of three parts formed by divisions extending almost to the base
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Derived Formstripartitely, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tripartite


early 15c., "divided in three," from Latin tripartitus "divided into three parts," from tri- "three" (see three) + partitus, past participle of partiri "to divide" (see part (v.)).

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