adjective Also dialectical.
- logic or any of its branches.
- any formal system of reasoning or thought.
Origin of dialectic
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Historical Examples of dialectically
Dialectically, the distinction is interesting and seems harmless.Reconstruction in Philosophy
Their languages are said to differ somewhat, but only dialectically.Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales
George Bird Grinnell
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
His strategy was characteristic of his cause, but he was dialectically within his rights.Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)
Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
- the conversational Socratic method of argument
- (in Plato) the highest study, that of the Forms
Word Origin 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.