the use of questions, as employed by Socrates, to develop a latent idea, as in the mind of a pupil, or to elicit admissions, as from an opponent, tending to establish a proposition.
Origin of Socratic method
First recorded in 1735–45
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British Dictionary definitions for socratic method
philosophy the method of instruction by question and answer used by Socrates in order to elicit from his pupils truths he considered to be implicitly known by all rational beingsCompare maieutic
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