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Socratic

[suh-krat-ik, soh-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Socrates or his philosophy, followers, etc., or to the Socratic method.
noun
  1. a follower of Socrates.
  2. any of the Greek philosophers influenced by Socrates.

Origin of Socratic

1630–40; < Latin Sōcraticus < Greek Sōkratikós of, pertaining to Socrates; see -ic
Related formsSo·crat·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti-So·crat·ic, adjectivepost-So·crat·ic, adjectivepseu·do-So·crat·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for socratically

Historical Examples

  • He had a notion he said, that he could argue Socratically; and he was always trying to introduce metaphors into his conversation.

    Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College, Cambridge

    Arthur Christopher Benson


British Dictionary definitions for socratically

Socratic

adjective
  1. of or relating to Socrates, his methods, etc
noun
  1. a person who follows the teachings of Socrates
Derived FormsSocratically, adverbSocraticism, nounSocratist (ˈsɒkrətɪst), noun
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Word Origin and History for socratically

Socratic

adj.

1630s (Socratical is from 1580s), "of or pertaining to Greek philosopher Socrates" (469-399 B.C.E.), especially in reference to his method of eliciting truth by question and answer, from Latin Socraticus, from Greek Sokratikos "pertaining to Socrates or his school." His name is Greek Sokrates, literally "having safe might."

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