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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Synonyms for tripartite


threefold, treble, triadic, triple, triplex

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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

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The other member of the tripartite automotive alliance, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. , plans to convene its board next week. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Nissan Board to Vote on Driving Out Carlos Ghosn," 22 Nov. 2018 Three plaques recount Muhlenberg’s tripartite life as a clergyman, soldier and statesman. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A park on Connecticut Avenue NW has a statue of John Muhlenberg. Why?," 7 July 2018 The layout of the piece itself mimics the tripartite nature of the DMZ. Sharon Mizota,, "Review: At the Korean DMZ, reunification through one artist's strange lens," 7 July 2018 The leaders of Russia, Iran, and Turkey focused on Syria at a tripartite summit in Ankara Wednesday. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syria: What Trump is signaling to Mideast allies and foes about US priorities," 5 Apr. 2018 Using a tripartite structure, Larson covers these explorers’ prior expeditions as well as those of other rivals, before providing detailed accounts of their journeys. Ashley Shelby, New York Times, "To the Poles — Before They Started Melting," 15 June 2018 According to Dimon, however, price control will play no part in the tripartite group's approach to healthcare reform. Michael Hiltzik,, "That big Bezos/Buffett/Dimon healthcare initiative is already bogged down in blather," 5 Apr. 2018 Foreign Minister Timo Soini said in an interview with Finnish broadcaster MTV3 that nuclear weapons are not expected to be discussed at the tripartite talks. Washington Post, "Finnish FM: Koreas, US talks won’t include denuclearization," 20 Mar. 2018 Passing a new law in time for general elections - for the tripartite presidency and the House of Representatives - isn't that easy., "Bosnia is teetering on the precipice of a political crisis," 21 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tripartite

formal : involving three people, groups, or parts

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