dialectic

[ dahy-uh-lek-tik ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈlɛk tɪk /

adjective Also dialectical.

of, relating to, or of the nature of logical argumentation.

noun

Origin of dialectic

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dialectica < Greek dialektikḗ (téchnē) argumentative (art), feminine of dialektikós. See dialect, -ic
Related formsdi·a·lec·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·di·a·lec·tic, adjective, noun
Can be confuseddialectal dialectic dialectical (see usage note at dialectal)
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dialectic

/ (ˌdaɪəˈlɛktɪk) /

noun

disputation or debate, esp intended to resolve differences between two views rather than to establish one of them as true
philosophy
  1. the conversational Socratic method of argument
  2. (in Plato) the highest study, that of the Forms
(in the writings of Kant) the exposure of the contradictions implicit in applying empirical concepts beyond the limits of experience
philosophy the process of reconciliation of contradiction either of beliefs or in historical processesSee also Hegelian dialectic, dialectical materialism

adjective

of or relating to logical disputation
Derived Formsdialectician, noun

Word Origin for dialectic

C17: from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikē (tekhnē) (the art) of argument; see dialect
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Word Origin and History for dialectic

dialectic


n.

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.

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