[ dahy-uh-lek-tik ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈlɛk tɪk /
adjective Also dialectical.
of, relating to, or of the nature of logical argumentation.
the art or practice of logical discussion as employed in investigating the truth of a theory or opinion.
- logic or any of its branches.
- any formal system of reasoning or thought.
dialectics, (often used with a singular verb) the arguments or bases of dialectical materialism, including the elevation of matter over mind and a constantly changing reality with a material basis.
(in Kantian epistemology) a fallacious metaphysical system arising from the attribution of objective reality to the perceptions by the mind of external objects.Compare transcendental dialectic.
the juxtaposition or interaction of conflicting ideas, forces, etc.
Words nearby dialectic
Origin of dialectic
OTHER WORDS FROM dialecticdi·a·lec·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·di·a·lec·tic, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-dialectic
/ (ˌdaɪəˈlɛktɪk) /
disputation or debate, esp intended to resolve differences between two views rather than to establish one of them as true
- the conversational Socratic method of argument
- (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
of or relating to logical disputation
Derived forms of dialecticdialectician, noun
Word Origin for dialectic
C17: from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikē (tekhnē) (the art) of argument; see dialect
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