Definition of polythetic in English:
Relating to or sharing a number of characteristics which occur commonly in members of a group or class, but none of which is essential for membership of that group or class.
- The book of essays, he says, can be as diverse and polythetic and lacking in common themes as the individual.
- Spickard claims that like musical performance for Schutz, ritual is a reordering of shared time: ‘Like music or poetry, prayer is a polythetic phenomenon.’
- A polythetic agglomerative hierarchical cluster analysis was performed on the data with Sorensen's index as the distance measure, using PC-ORD Version 4.