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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
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Examples from the Web for dialectical
Historical Examples
  • The dialectical interest is fully sustained by the dramatic accompaniments.

    Lysis Plato
  • All of them are rhetorical and poetical rather than dialectical, but glimpses of truth appear in them.

    Symposium Plato
  • For, as we remarked in discussing the Sophist, the dialectical method is no respecter of persons.

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

    Statesman Plato
  • It is French, with merely a dialectical difference from "French of Paris."

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

  • That is, his instruments were purely literary and dialectical.

    Voltaire John Morley
  • Thinking is a thing full of contradictions, a dialectical secret.

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

  • The dialectical variations are too trivial to be taken into account.

British Dictionary definitions for dialectical


of or relating to dialectic or dialectics
Derived Forms
dialectically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dialectical

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

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