One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Divided into or consisting of eight parts. Formerly: (Law) †(of a contract, indenture, etc.) drawn up in eight corresponding parts, one for each party (obsolete)..
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Carte (d. 1754), historian. From octo- + partite, after bipartite, tripartite, quadripartite, etc.
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