- logic or any of its branches.
- any formal system of reasoning or thought.
Origin of dialectic
OTHER WORDS FROM dialecticdi·a·lec·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·di·a·lec·tic, adjective, noun
How to use dialectic in a sentence
It is exceedingly doubtful if a language will ever be spoken over a wide area without multiplying itself dialectically.Language|Edward Sapir
Their languages are said to differ somewhat, but only dialectically.Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales|George Bird Grinnell
“Causey” is still used dialectically in England for a paved or cobbled footpath.
And the soul enjoys God without dialectically understanding just how she so enjoys Him.Santa Teresa|Alexander Whyte
It was a pity that Mr. Balfour had not a stronger indictment to answer, for he was dialectically at his best.
British Dictionary definitions for dialectic
- the conversational Socratic method of argument
- (in Plato) the highest study, that of the Forms