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twofold adj
1 having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities; "a double (or dual) role for an actor"; "the office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence"- R.W.Emerson; "every episode has its double and treble meaning"-Frederick Harrison [syn: double, dual, treble, threefold]
2 twice as great or many; "ate a double portion"; "the dose is doubled"; "a twofold increase" [syn: double, doubled] adv : by a factor of two; "the price increased twofold last year" [syn: two times]

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  1. Double; duplicate; multiplied by two; as, a twofold nature; a twofold sense; a twofold argument.
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: . Book 1, Part 5.
      some who posit both this cause and besides this the source of movement, which we have got from some as single and from other as twofold.



  1. In a double degree; doubly.


in a double degree


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Janus-like, ambidextrous, as much again, bifacial, bifold, biform, bilateral, binary, binate, biparous, bivalent, conduplicate, disomatous, double, double-barreled, double-faced, doubly, dual, dualistic, dually, duple, duplex, duplicate, dyadic, geminate, geminated, paired, second, secondary, twice, twice as much, twice over, twin, twinned, two times, two-faced, two-level, two-ply, two-sided, two-story
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