tri·​par·​tite | \ (ˌ)trī-ˈpär-ˌtīt How to pronounce tripartite (audio) \

Definition of tripartite

1 : divided into or composed of three parts
2 : having three corresponding parts or copies
3 : made between or involving three parties a tripartite treaty

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Examples of tripartite in a Sentence

negotiated a tripartite agreement with its trading partner, with the first and second parts coming into effect immediately and the last part five years later
Recent Examples on the Web On its face, this duty to engage in a tripartite balancing of these three sets of interests gives directors greater flexibility. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Whole books have been written about trillium, the distinctive ephemeral beloved for its tripartite leaves and blooms. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Restoring the tripartite government enshrined in the charter is a priority of my campaign. Andrea Reeves, The Enquirer, 30 Apr. 2021 That’s the Kinyarwandan name for the eight volcanoes — two active, six dormant — that stand sentinel over the tripartite border of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Before the ink was dry on the tripartite agreement, Russian peacekeepers sped toward the region. Neil Hauer, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Nov. 2020 Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Friday reached a deadlock in tripartite talks about the dam, Sudanese Irrigation Minister Yasser Abas said. Samuel Gebre,, 31 Aug. 2020 That then creates a tripartite system of political ideas and choices: The worship of pure reason binds liberals to Marxists, and contempt for tradition separates liberals from conservatives. John O'sullivan, National Review, 27 Aug. 2020 The comments came even though both states have expressed a willingness to return to tripartite talks with Sudan, over the dam. Zecharias Zelalem, Quartz Africa, 30 May 2020

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First Known Use of tripartite

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tripartite

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin tripartitus, from tri- + partitus divided — more at partite

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“Tripartite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tripartite

formal : involving three people, groups, or parts

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