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Definition of "dichotomous" [di•chot•o•mous]

  • Divided or dividing into two parts or classifications. (adjective)
  • Characterized by dichotomy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dichotomous" in a sentence
  • "Squidward, doomed and dichotomous, is the permanent foil."
  • "The word "dichotomous" suggests disparate elements or opposing forces-as in male/female, the variety of ways tension is expressed in relationships, and the seemingly disparate disciplines of dance and technology that may not be so far apart after all."
  • "Olbermann went as far as to describe Obama's parsing as "dichotomous", an adjective of the noun dichotomy of which I was previously unaware."