adjective Also dialectical.
- logic or any of its branches.
- any formal system of reasoning or thought.
Origin of dialectic
Examples from the Web for dialectic
This matter is, in the Indian dialectic of beauty, nonnegotiable.
He had five-year plans and seven-year plans by the bushel-full, and he never lost faith in the dialectic.
Islam is 1,400 years old; fascism entered the dialectic only with Benito Mussolini.
They are the yin and the yang of the whole film and they dance the dialectic to perfection.
The historian Arnold Toynbee famously theorized that history proceeds by a special type of dialectic: challenge and response.
You ought to avoid entirely such a procedure in this last class of cases; for it is an abuse of the genuine purpose of Dialectic.Aristotle|George Grote
In this part of its course the dialectic of Plato is simply a search for God.Theism|Robert Flint
In many such cases it is perfectly clear that there could have been no dialectic interinfluencing.Language|Edward Sapir
The creation of the universe is conformed to the structure of Platonic dialectic.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
He used the dialectic method invented by his master Socrates.Meditations|Marcus Aurelius
British Dictionary definitions for dialectic
- the conversational Socratic method of argument
- (in Plato) the highest study, that of the Forms
Word Origin for dialectic
Word Origin and History for dialectic
1580s, earlier dialatik (late 14c.), from Old French dialectique (12c.), from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektike (techne) "(art of) philosophical discussion or discourse," fem. of dialektikos "of conversation, discourse," from dialektos "discourse, conversation" (see dialect). Originally synonymous with logic; in modern philosophy refined by Kant, then by Hegel, who made it mean "process of resolving or merging contradictions in character." Related: Dialectics.