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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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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
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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