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- adj. Divided into three parts, or into threes; forking three ways.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Divided into three parts, or into threes; three-forked.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Divided into three parts, or divided by threes; branching or giving off shoots by threes; trifurcate; also, dividing a genus into three species.
This trichotomous view of humans ie people are souls with legs on is common to all Creationists whether OE or YE
Peirce's trichotomous classification placed Sciences of
Perhaps the best known of all trichotomous con - ceptualizations of class structure is the one Aristotle described in his Politics (Book IV, Ch. XI, 1295b): “In every city the people are divided into three sorts; the very rich, the very poor, and those who are between them.”
For Marx, a dichotomous scheme is still dominant, and the trichotomous division is seen as a deviation which is “by its very nature” only tem - porary.
Sometimes, as in the final, uncompleted chapter of Das Kapital (1867-95) which represents his most self-conscious effort to present a theory of strati - fication, Marx adopted the trichotomous functional scheme of Adam Smith, e.g.: “the owners merely of labor-power, owners of capital, and landowners, whose respective sources of income are wages, profit, and ground-rent ...”
For Marx, in contrast, and though he also at times used the trichotomous scheme of the political economists, the two fundamentally opposed classes are the basic classes; the middle class is less enduring and less stable.
Nations (1776), introduced a new trichotomous scheme referring to economic functions.