adjective Also dialectical.
- logic or any of its branches.
- any formal system of reasoning or thought.
Origin of dialectic
Examples from the Web for dialectically
The dialectically irresistible was the true (κατάληψις); thus was man to succeed “irrefutabile aperire secretum.”Science and Medieval Thought|Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
Dialectically, the distinction is interesting and seems harmless.Reconstruction in Philosophy|John Dewey
It was a pity that Mr. Balfour had not a stronger indictment to answer, for he was dialectically at his best.
I should not anticipate difficulty in showing that this doctrine is, dialectically, a mass of inconsistencies.Creative Intelligence|John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
Dialectically he was on this occasion more than a match for Chase and Seward.Stephen A. Douglas|Allen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for dialectically
- the conversational Socratic method of argument
- (in Plato) the highest study, that of the Forms
Word Origin for dialectic
Word Origin and History for dialectically
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.