So·​crat·​ic | \ sə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce Socratic (audio) , sō- \

Definition of Socratic

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: of or relating to Socrates, his followers, or his philosophical method of systematic doubt and questioning of another to elicit a clear expression of a truth supposed to be knowable by all rational beings



Definition of Socratic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a follower of Socrates

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Socratically \ sə-​ˈkra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce Socratically (audio) , sō-​ \ adverb

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Socrates lived and taught in Athens in the 5th century B.C., but left no writings behind, so all we know of him comes through the works of his disciple Plato, almost all of which claim to be accounts of Socrates' conversations with others. Today Socrates is best remembered for his method of teaching by asking increasingly difficult questions, the so-called Socratic method. This generally involves the use of Socratic induction, a way of gradually arriving at generalizations through a process of questions and answers, and Socratic irony, in which the teacher pretends ignorance while questioning his students skillfully to make them aware of their errors in understanding.

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1598, in the meaning defined above


1678, in the meaning defined above

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“Socratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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formal : of or relating to the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, his followers, or his method of asking questions to discover the truth

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