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dialectic

[ dahy-uh-lek-tik ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈlɛk tɪk /
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adjective Also dialectical.
of, relating to, or of the nature of logical argumentation.
noun
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Origin of dialectic

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English (from Anglo-French ), from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikḗ (téchnē) “argumentative (art),” feminine of dialektikós; see dialect, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM dialectic

di·a·lec·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·di·a·lec·tic, adjective, noun
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How to use dialectic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dialectic

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 forms of dialectic

dialectician, noun

Word Origin for dialectic

C17: from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikē (tekhnē) (the art) of argument; see dialect
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