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tri·chot·o·my

 (trī-kŏt′ə-mē)
n. pl. tri·chot·o·mies
1. Division into three parts or elements.
2. A system based on three parts or elements, especially the theological description of humans as consisting of body, soul, and spirit.

[New Latin trichotomia : Greek trikha, in three parts; see trei- in Indo-European roots + New Latin -tomia, -tomy.]

tri·chot′o·mous adj.
tri·chot′o·mous·ly adv.

trichotomy

(traɪˈkɒtəmɪ)
n, pl -mies
1. division into three categories
2. (Theology) theol the division of man into body, spirit, and soul
[C17: probably from New Latin trichotomia, from Greek trikhotomein to divide into three, from trikha triple + temnein to cut]
trichotomic, triˈchotomous adj
triˈchotomously adv

tri•chot•o•my

(trɪˈkɒt ə mi)

n., pl. -mies.
division into three parts, classes, elements, etc.
[1600–10; < New Latin trichotomia < Greek trích(a) in three parts + -o- -o- + New Latin -tomia -tomy]
trich•o•tom•ic (ˌtrɪk əˈtɒm ɪk) tri•chot′o•mous, adj.
tri•chot′o•mous•ly, adv.

trichotomy

division into three parts, especially the theological division of man’s nature into the body, the soul, and the spirit. — trichotomic, trichotomous. adj.
See also: Theology
division into three parts, especially the theological division of man’s nature into the body, the soul, and the spirit. — trichotomic, trichtomous, adj.
See also: Classification
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trichotomy - being threefold; a classification into three parts or subclasses
categorisation, categorization, classification - a group of people or things arranged by class or category
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