Meaning of trichotomy property

trichot'omy prop"erty

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  1. the property that for natural numbers a and b, either a is less than b, a equals b, or a is greater than b. Also called law of trichotomy, trichot&prim;omy law&sec;, trichot&prim;omy prin&sec;ciple.
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