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Definition of Triad

(noun) A group of three.

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Usage Notes

  • Plural: triads
  • Georg Simmel (1858–1918) noted that the difference between a dyad (group of two) is there are opportunities in a triad for two members to form a coalitionagainst the other.
  • Also called:
    • ternary
    • ternion
    • threesome
    • trine
    • trinity
    • trio
    • triplicity
    • triumvirate
  • A group of three is described as (adjective) triadic or (adjective) triadistic.

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Cite the Definition of Triad

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “triad.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/triad/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

triad. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/triad/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “triad.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/triad/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“triad.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/triad/>.