One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a ratio: having a first term (the antecedent) which contains the second term (the consequent) once with any number (except one) of aliquot parts remaining (e.g. 1⅔,1¾, 14/5 times), as 5:3, 10:7, etc.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Record (c1512–1558), mathematician. From post-classical Latin superpartient-, superpartiens from classical Latin super- + partiēns, present participle of partīrī to divide.
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