[ dahy-uh-lek-tik ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈlɛk tɪk /

adjective Also dialectical.

of, relating to, or of the nature of logical argumentation.


Nearby words

  1. dial.,
  2. dialect,
  3. dialect atlas,
  4. dialect geography,
  5. dialectal,
  6. dialectical,
  7. dialectical materialism,
  8. dialectical theology,
  9. dialectician,
  10. dialecticism

Origin of dialectic

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dialectica < Greek dialektikḗ (téchnē) argumentative (art), feminine of dialektikós. See dialect, -ic

Related formsdi·a·lec·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·di·a·lec·tic, adjective, noun

Can be confuseddialectal dialectic dialectical (see usage note at dialectal)

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/ (ˌdaɪəˈlɛktɪks) /

noun (functioning as plural or ( sometimes ) singular)

the study of reasoning or of argumentative methodology
a particular methodology or system; a logic
the application of the Hegelian dialectic or the rationale of dialectical materialism


/ (ˌdaɪəˈlɛktɪk) /


disputation or debate, esp intended to resolve differences between two views rather than to establish one of them as true
  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


of or relating to logical disputation
Derived Formsdialectician, noun

Word Origin for dialectic

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

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Word Origin and History for dialectics



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.

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