Define: Dichotomy

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Definition: Dichotomy


Quick Summary of Dichotomy


A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.



What is the dictionary definition of Dichotomy?

Dictionary Definition


  1. A separation or division into two; a distinction that results in such a division.
  2. Such a division involving apparently incompatible or opposite principles; a duality.
  3. logic The division of a class into two disjoint subclasses that are together comprehensive, as the division of man into white and not white.

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Full Definition of Dichotomy


Division of one thing into two parts, normally differing or opposing; the state of being two-fold, having two different components. People can discuss the dichotomy of body and soul, men and women, or eastern and western culture.


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Synonyms For Dichotomy


split, bisection, difference, separation, bipartition, duality


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Dichotomy are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 6th January 2020.