of or relating to the method used by Socrates of eliciting knowledge in the mind of a person by interrogation and insistence on close and logical reasoning.

Origin of maieutic

1645–55; < Greek maieutikós of, pertaining to midwifery, equivalent to maieú(esthai) to serve as a midwife (akin to maîa midwife) + -tikos -tic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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philosophy of or relating to the Socratic method of eliciting knowledge by a series of questions and answers

Word Origin for maieutic

C17: from Greek maieutikos relating to midwifery (used figuratively by Socrates), from maia midwife
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