dialectic

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noun di·a·lec·tic \ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-tik\

Definition of dialectic

philosophy

  1. 1 :  logic 1a(1)

  2. 2a :  discussion and reasoning by dialogue as a method of intellectual investigation; specifically :  the Socratic techniques of exposing false beliefs and eliciting truthb :  the Platonic (see platonic 1) investigation of the eternal ideas

  3. 3 :  the logic of appearances and of illusions :  the logic of fallacy <the dialectic of Kant>

  4. 4a :  the Hegelian process of change in which a concept or its realization passes over into and is preserved and fulfilled by its opposite; also :  the critical investigation of this processb Marxism (1) usually dialectics plural in form but singular or plural in construction :  development through the stages of thesis (see thesis 3), antithesis, and synthesis (see synthesis 2b) in accordance with the laws of dialectical materialism (2) :  the investigation of this process (3) :  the theoretical application of this process especially in the social sciences

  5. 5 usually dialectics plural in form but singular or plural in construction a :  any systematic reasoning, exposition (see exposition 2a), or argument that juxtaposes opposed or contradictory ideas and usually seeks to resolve their conflict :  a method of examining and discussing opposing ideas in order to find the truthb :  an intellectual exchange of ideas

  6. 6 :  the dialectical tension or opposition between two interacting forces or elements

Origin and Etymology of dialectic

Middle English dialetik, from Anglo-French dialetiqe, from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikē, from feminine of dialektikos of conversation, from dialektos —see dialect


First Known Use: 14th century


DIALECTIC Defined for English Language Learners

dialectic

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noun di·a·lec·tic \ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-tik\

Definition of dialectic for English Language Learners

  • philosophy : a method of examining and discussing opposing ideas in order to find the truth



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