Definition of maieutic
: relating to or resembling the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from another
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Maieutic comes from "maieutikos," the Greek word for "of midwifery." In one of Plato's "Dialogues," Socrates applies "maieutikos" to his method of bringing forth new ideas by reasoning and dialogue; he thought the technique analogous to those a midwife uses in delivering a baby (Socrates’ mother was a midwife). A teacher who uses maieutic methods can be thought of as an intellectual midwife who assists students in bringing forth ideas and conceptions previously latent in their minds.
Origin and Etymology of maieutic
Greek maieutikos of midwifery
First Known Use: 1655
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