adjective Also dialectical.
- logic or any of its branches.
- any formal system of reasoning or thought.
- dialect atlas,
- dialect geography,
- dialectical materialism,
- dialectical theology,
Origin of dialectic
Examples from the Web for dialectics
Plotinus erred by pushing to excess the Platonic dialectics, and by extending them beyond the boundary where they should stop.Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good|Victor Cousin
He learned his eloquence from Plato, his dialectics from Eubulides; but as for his delivery—there, he came to the mirror!My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Socrates said that a war of dialectics was carried on in every family.Curiosities of Christian History|Croake James
A bit of dialectics, using abstract and one-sided considerations in succession, may prepare the way for seeing the whole better.The Sources Of Religious Insight|Josiah Royce
Its greatest merit was the taking up again of dialectics as the highest form of reasoning.Socialism: Utopian and Scientific|Frederick Engels
noun (functioning as plural or ( sometimes ) singular)
- 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.