bifurcate
I verb bisect, branch, branch off, branch out, cleave, cut in two, dichotomize, dimidiate, divaricate, diverge, divide into two, fork, form a fork, furcate, halve, part, partition, ramify, separate, split, sunder associated concepts: bifurcated trial II index dichotomize, divergent, part (separate)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


bifurcate
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

bifurcate
v.
   the order or ruling of a judge that one issue in a case can be tried to a conclusion or a judgment given on one phase of the case without trying all aspects of the matter. A typical example is when the judge will grant a divorce judgment without hearing evidence or making a ruling on such issues as division of marital property, child custody or spousal support (alimony). Thus the parties can be free of each other promptly while still fighting over other issues at their leisure. In a negligence case when the question of responsibility (liability) is clearly in doubt or rests on some legal technicality, the court may bifurcate the issues and hear evidence on the defendant's liability and decide that issue before going ahead with a trial on the amount of damages. If the court rules there is no liability, then the amount of damages is meaningless and further trial is necessary.
   See also: bifurcation

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Bifurcate — Bi*fur cate, v. i. To divide into two branches. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bifurcate — Bi*fur cate, Bifurcated Bi*fur ca*ted, a. [Pref. bi + furcate.] 1. Two pronged; forked. [1913 Webster] 2. divided into or made up of two parts. socially bifurcated populations Syn: chesty. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bifurcate — [bī′fər kāt΄, bī fʉr′kāt΄; ] for adj. also [, bī′fərkit, bī fʉr′kit] adj. [ML bifurcatus < L bifurcus < bi , BI 1 + furca, FORK] having two branches or peaks; forked vt., vi. bifurcated, bifurcating to divide into two parts or branches …   English World dictionary

  • bifurcate — {{11}}bifurcate (adj.) 1835, from M.L. bifurcatus, from L. bi (see BI (Cf. bi )) + furca, the root of FORK (Cf. fork). {{12}}bifurcate (v.) 1610s, from M.L. bifurcatus, from L. bi (see BI (Cf. bi )) + …   Etymology dictionary

  • bifurcate — UK [ˈbaɪfə(r)keɪt] / US [ˈbaɪfərˌkeɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms bifurcate : present tense I/you/we/they bifurcate he/she/it bifurcates present participle bifurcating past tense bifurcated past participle bifurcated formal to divide into two …   English dictionary

  • bifurcate — verb ( cated; cating) Etymology: Medieval Latin bifurcatus, past participle of bifurcare, from Latin bifurcus two pronged, from bi + furca fork Date: 1615 transitive verb to cause to divide into two branches or parts intransitive verb to divide… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bifurcate — divided in two, forked …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • bifurcate — adj. [L. bis, two; furca, fork] Divided into two branches, stems or knobs; two pronged …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • bifurcate — bifurcately /buy feuhr kayt lee; buy ferr kayt lee, kit /, adv. bifurcation, n. v., adj. /buy feuhr kayt , buy ferr kayt/; adj. also /buy feuhr kit, buy ferr /, v., bifurcated, bifurcating, adj. v.t., v.i. 1. to divide or fork into two branches.… …   Universalium

  • bifurcate — 1. adjective a) Divided or forked into two b) Having bifurcations 2. verb To divide or fork into two channels or branches …   Wiktionary

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