Definition of Dichotomy
(noun) Two opposing parts; a distinct division.
Examples of Dichotomy
- American English – /die-kAHt-uh-mee/
- British English – /die-kOt-uh-mee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /daɪˈkɑdəmi/
- British English – /dʌɪˈkɒtəmi/
- Plural: dichotomies
- Similarly, a trichotomy describes the same relationship into three parts and multichotomy describes it in three or more parts.
- An idea is divided into two parts by (verb) dichotomizing through (noun) dichotomization, creating a (adjective) dichotomous or (adjective) dichotomic relationship.
- Word origin of “dichotomy” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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Cite the Definition of Dichotomy
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dichotomy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 1, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/dichotomy/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
dichotomy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/dichotomy/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dichotomy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 1, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/dichotomy/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“dichotomy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 1 Apr. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/dichotomy/>.