Definition of Dichotomy

1. Noun. Being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses. "The dichotomy between eastern and western culture"

Exact synonyms: Duality
Generic synonyms: Categorisation, Categorization, Classification
Derivative terms: Dichotomize, Dichotomous, Dual



Definition of Dichotomy

1. n. A cutting in two; a division.

Definition of Dichotomy

1. Noun. A cutting in two; a division. ¹

2. Noun. Division or distribution of genera into two species; division into two subordinate parts. ¹

3. Noun. The phase of the moon in which it appears bisected, or shows only half its disk, as at the quadratures. ¹

4. Noun. Successive division and subdivision, as of a stem of a plant or a vein of the body, into two parts as it proceeds from its origin; successive bifurcation. ¹

5. Noun. The place where a stem or vein is forked. ¹

6. Noun. Division into two; especially, the division of a class into two subclasses opposed to each other by contradiction, as the division of the term man into white and not white. ¹

7. Noun. conditions perceived as polar extremes or opposites ¹

8. Noun. an either-or perspective ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dichotomy

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Medical Definition of Dichotomy

1. 1. A cutting in two; a division. "A general breach or dichotomy with their church." (Sir T. Browne) 2. Division or distribution of genera into two species; division into two subordinate parts. 3. That phase of the moon in which it appears bisected, or shows only half its disk, as at the quadratures. 4. Successive division and subdivision, as of a stem of a plant or a vein of the body, into two parts as it proceeds from its origin; successive bifurcation. 5. The place where a stem or vein is forked. 6. Division into two; especially, the division of a class into two subclasses opposed to each other by contradiction, as the division of the term man into white and not white. Origin: Gr, fr., cf. F. Dichotomie. See Dichotomous. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Dichotomy

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"the sharp dichotomy between undergraduate education and graduate professional study —Current Biography. June 1964 - - - the dichotomy between mind and body ..."

2. A Manual of Logic by James Welton (1896)
"dichotomy is cumbrous, and, so far as it is formal, la purely hypothetical. 56. Division by dichotomy. To ensure that none of the rules of Division are ..."

3. A Treatise on the Accentuation of the Twenty-one So-called Prose Books of by William Wickes (1887)
"ON SYNTACTICAL dichotomy. THE most frequent, although for us the least important, instances of the application of the dichotomy come under this head. ..."

4. Journal of Botany, British and Foreign (1905)
"dichotomy of branch, showing absence of septa at constrictions, x 40. 2. ... dichotomy of branch, showing that the constrictions are not septate. 3. ..."

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