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  1. pertaining to dianoia.
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Origin of dianoetic

1670–80; < Greek dianoētik(ós), equivalent to diáno(ia) dianoia + -ē- thematic vowel + -tikos -tic
Related formsdi·a·no·et·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for dianoetic

Historical Examples

  • These intellectual virtues are called by Aristotle dianoetic.

    A Critical History of Greek Philosophy

    W. T. Stace

  • Virtues are divided into ethical and intellectual (dianoetic); and so are the contrary vices.

  • But the aim is after all the life of the intellect, and the "dianoetic" virtues are superior to the practical.

  • On this double requirement he founded two kinds of virtue, the intellectual (dianoetic) and the practical.

    Theoretical Ethics

    Milton Valentine

  • Happiness, therefore, consists in the combination of dianoetic and ethical virtues.

British Dictionary definitions for dianoetic


  1. of or relating to thought, esp to discursive reasoning rather than intuitionCompare discursive (def. 2)
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Word Origin

C17: from Greek dianoētikos, from dianoia the thinking process, an opinion, from dia- + noein to think
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