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[dahy-uh-lek-ti-kuh l] /ˌdaɪ əˈlɛk tɪ kəl/
of or characteristic of a dialect; dialectal.
Origin of dialectical
First recorded in 1520-30; dialectic + -al1
Related forms
nondialectical, adjective
nondialectically, adverb
undialectical, adjective
Can be confused
dialectal, dialectic, dialectical (see usage note at dialectal)
Usage note
See dialectal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • dialectical variation would finally spring up, and thus complete their growth into tribes.

    Ancient Society Lewis Henry Morgan
  • All of them are rhetorical and poetical rather than dialectical, but glimpses of truth appear in them.

    Symposium Plato
  • These things are the province of those who are occupied in philosophy, which is divided into natural, ethical, and dialectical.

  • The political aspects of the dialogue are closely connected with the dialectical.

    Statesman Plato
  • For the dialectical art is no respecter of persons: king and vermin-taker are all alike to the philosopher.

    Statesman Plato
  • This dialectical argument I shall call the ideal of pure reason.

  • That is still in the sentimental vein, and anything but dialectical criticism.

  • Ronayne, fount of wisdom and light, whatever may the dialectical Society be?

  • All were noted for the doctrinal coherence of their principles and the dialectical rigidity of their arguments.

  • Spinoza's method in psychology is dialectical, but his interest is practical.

    The Philosophy of Spinoza Baruch de Spinoza
British Dictionary definitions for dialectical


of or relating to dialectic or dialectics
Derived Forms
dialectically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dialectical

"argumentative," 1540s; see dialectic + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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