adjective Also dialectical.
- logic or any of its branches.
- any formal system of reasoning or thought.
- dialect atlas,
- dialect geography,
- dialectical materialism,
- dialectical theology,
Origin of dialectic
- 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.