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Greeting,

I am looking for a word that I can use to describe a method that divides a single group into similar smaller groups (not opposing groups). Something like "schismatic", but without the negative connotation coming from the groups being opposing.

EDIT: the context is I am trying to name a mathematical method using a somewhat distinctive adjective. For example: Calling it the "schismatic method".

Thanks,

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    Divide is fine for your usage.
    – Lawrence
    Nov 8, 2015 at 12:21
  • If you suggest the context it is easier to help you. Groups of people, things, animals or what?
    – user66974
    Nov 8, 2015 at 12:23
  • The method I am trying to name is a mathematical method, so the groups do not have a specific nature (they can be group of people, animals, electrons or others). 'Divide' is fine, but calling the method a "dividing method" is too generic.
    – Tohiko
    Nov 8, 2015 at 12:25
  • Sort of 'creating subsets'?
    – user66974
    Nov 8, 2015 at 12:26

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"partition" may be the word you're looking for.

"he act or process of dividing something into parts." TFD

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You could perhaps say that this method sow discord ?

EDIT : I can't comment OP's post, so here is another proposition : What about "a partitionning method ?"

That is : a method that create a partition.

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  • "sow discord" sounds negative to me. Also, I was looking for an adjective. Something I can use like "this is a schismatic method".
    – Tohiko
    Nov 8, 2015 at 12:21
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    You should precise that you're looking for an adjective then. You should also explain what you mean by "negative". If you have discord in a group, the persons in this group are not necessarily in complete opposition.
    – Frédéric
    Nov 8, 2015 at 12:26
  • "Partitioning method" sounds great. Thanks. I will use it if I cannot find anything better.
    – Tohiko
    Nov 8, 2015 at 12:30

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