di·​a·​lec·​ti·​cal | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-ti-kəl How to pronounce dialectical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly dialectic \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈlek-​tik How to pronounce dialectical (audio) \

Definition of dialectical

1 philosophy
a : of, relating to, or in accordance with dialectic dialectical method dialectical reasoning
b : practicing, devoted to, or employing dialectic a dialectical philosopher
2 linguistics : of, relating to, or characteristic of a dialect

Other Words from dialectical

dialectically \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈlek-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dialectical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of dialectical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Find a therapist who provides dialectical behavioral therapy, ideally a therapist who has been certified by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to deliver DBT with adherence to the manual. Kevin King, The Conversation, 28 Apr. 2022 Tales have grown to occupy a rigorously intellectual and dialectical strata in the medium. Eliza Harper Wallace, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Mar. 2022 Del Noce indicts the sweeping changes of secularism, eroticism, and relativism as the inevitable outcomes of Marx’s dialectical victory over religious and liberal foes. Richard M. Reinsch Ii, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 The treatment for suicidal thoughts and behaviors with the most scientific backing is dialectical behavior therapy, says Dr. Cullen. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, 3 Feb. 2022 The actress and singer, 29, suffered an emotional breakdown in 2018 that led her to seek dialectical behavior therapy, a form of talk therapy, to manage her depression and anxiety. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 6 Jan. 2022 Harris leans on dialectical behavior therapy, a treatment that teaches people how to handle difficult situations without becoming emotionally overwhelmed. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2021 For example other therapeutic approaches can be helpful, like dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), which focuses on living in the moment, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which focuses on the acceptance of a situation without judgment. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 18 Nov. 2021 Owners of vegan cats have a group home on Facebook, as do adherents of atheist dialectical materialist revolutionary Trotskyist communism. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dialectical

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dialectical

see dialectic

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“Dialectical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dialectical. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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