[suh-krat-ik, soh-]
  1. a follower of Socrates.
  2. any of the Greek philosophers influenced by Socrates.

Origin of Socratic

1630–40; < Latin Sōcraticus < Greek Sōkratikós of, pertaining to Socrates; see -ic
Related formsSo·crat·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti-So·crat·ic, adjectivepost-So·crat·ic, adjectivepseu·do-So·crat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of or relating to Socrates, his methods, etc
  1. a person who follows the teachings of Socrates
Derived FormsSocratically, adverbSocraticism, nounSocratist (ˈsɒkrətɪst), noun
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Word Origin and History for post-socratic



1630s (Socratical is from 1580s), "of or pertaining to Greek philosopher Socrates" (469-399 B.C.E.), especially in reference to his method of eliciting truth by question and answer, from Latin Socraticus, from Greek Sokratikos "pertaining to Socrates or his school." His name is Greek Sokrates, literally "having safe might."

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