- logic or any of its branches.
- any formal system of reasoning or thought.
Origin of dialectic
OTHER WORDS FROM dialecticdi·a·lec·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·di·a·lec·tic, adjective, noun
Words nearby dialectic
How to use dialectic in a sentence
This matter is, in the Indian dialectic of beauty, nonnegotiable.Miss America, Meet India’s ‘Dark’ Side|Tunku Varadarajan|September 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His (mis)reading of the Megilla power dialectic meant tragedy for all.Purim Perils: His View Is His Own|Rabbi Daniel Landes|February 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had five-year plans and seven-year plans by the bushel-full, and he never lost faith in the dialectic.Rich Man's Revolutionary|Michael Tomasky|October 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Islam is 1,400 years old; fascism entered the dialectic only with Benito Mussolini.Why the Mosque Scares the Right|M.J. Akbar|August 14, 2010|DAILY BEAST
They are the yin and the yang of the whole film and they dance the dialectic to perfection.Polanski's Brilliant Comeback|Simon Schama|February 18, 2010|DAILY BEAST
One other illustration of this keen childish dialectic when face to face with the accuser deserves to be touched on.Children's Ways|James Sully
As in the later days of Greece, rhetoric and dialectic are the most powerful of the arts.The New Society|Walther Rathenau
In the Anglican doctorPage 119 it employs the dialectic and metaphysics of Aristotle.Colleges in America|John Marshall Barker
The latter is a composition of the literary German with dialectic forms, and his rhythms are halting, his ideas one-sided.
He wrote extensively not only on medicine, but on philosophy, his writings taking throughout a more or less dialectic character.An Epitome of the History of Medicine|Roswell Park
British Dictionary definitions for dialectic
- the conversational Socratic method of argument
- (in Plato) the highest study, that of the Forms