[dahy-uh-lek-ti-kuh l]


of or characteristic of a dialect; dialectal.

Origin of dialectical

First recorded in 1520–30; dialectic + -al1
Related formsnon·di·a·lec·ti·cal, adjectivenon·di·a·lec·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·di·a·lec·ti·cal, adjective
Can be confuseddialectal dialectic dialectical (see usage note at dialectal)

Usage note

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Examples from the Web for dialectical

Historical Examples of dialectical

  • The dialectical interest is fully sustained by the dramatic accompaniments.



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

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for dialectical



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

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

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