di·​chot·​o·​mous | \ dī-ˈkä-tə-məs How to pronounce dichotomous (audio) also də- \

Definition of dichotomous

1 : dividing into two parts
2 : relating to, involving, or proceeding from dichotomy the plant's dichotomous branching a dichotomous approach can't be split into dichotomous categories

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Other Words from dichotomous

dichotomously adverb
dichotomousness noun

Examples of dichotomous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dichotomous energy between me and the other passengers seemed almost palpable: Most were here for a bachelorette party or a long weekend escape. Holly Patton, Vox, "The best $300 I ever spent: a ticket home to see my dad," 11 June 2019 The world’s most stylish took a dichotomous approach to the sticky situation, choosing clothes of either such full and waft-y proportions as to barely touch the body, or dresses so tiny as to have barely anything to touch. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 This doesn’t really represent a dichotomous shift from a black to white, A to B, or yes to no. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "The Girl Scouts Are Getting More Adventurous," 13 June 2018 The two towns are also dichotomous economically: Both communities are struggling to understand an act of violence that tore through them, but one is rural, and one suburban, one lower-income and one wealthy. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "The ‘Treasonous’ Teens Living in One Nation Under Guns," 30 May 2018 Mann poses the wizard and the prophet as dichotomous endpoints. Mary Ellen Hannibal, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Wizard and the Prophet,’ by Charles C. Mann," 12 Jan. 2018 That moment, against a Disney-like backdrop, captured the dichotomous mood of Sin City just days after a gunman killed at least 59 people and wounded hundreds more. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "Amid mix of emotions, Las Vegas Boulevard reopens after shooting," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of dichotomous

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dichotomous

borrowed from Late Latin dichotomos, borrowed from Greek dichótomos "cut in half, divided equally," from dicho- dicho- + -tomos, adjective derivative from the base of témnein "to cut" — more at tome

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“Dichotomous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dichotomous. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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di·​chot·​o·​mous | \ dī-ˈkät-ə-məs also də- \

Medical Definition of dichotomous

: dividing into two parts dichotomous branching

Other Words from dichotomous

dichotomously adverb

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