adjective Also dialectical.
- logic or any of its branches.
- any formal system of reasoning or thought.
Origin of dialectic
Related Words for dialecticsdialectical, argumentation, contention, discussion, deduction, ratiocination, disputation, persuasion, debate, argumentative, controversial, persuasive, analytic, polemical, rationalistic, forensic
Examples from the Web for dialectics
Historical Examples of dialectics
To us there seems to be no residuum of this long piece of dialectics.Parmenides
His real defect is that he is inferior to Socrates in dialectics.Protagoras
Why have dialectics, when there were no quarrels and no differences of opinion?Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
Later, dialectics, philosophy, and political science are to be added.History of Education
He was, says Diogenes Laertius, "the inventor of Dialectics."Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
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.