dialectical

adjective
di·​a·​lec·​ti·​cal | \ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-ti-kəl \
variants: or less commonly dialectic \ -​tik \

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

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Other Words from dialectical

dialectically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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The upshot of the film is a little murky, which is the risk of such a diffuse, dialectical approach, and certain details could be clearer. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: ‘Spiral’ Chronicles the Impact of Prejudice on Everyday Lives," 21 June 2018 Fans are often aware of the tensions their dialectical status as (anti)capitalists creates between themselves and media producers. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 The reality is, superhero examples can be pretty seamlessly incorporated into so many different traditional therapy modalities, including CBT, ACT, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Janina Scarlet, SELF, "WTF Is Superhero Therapy, and Should You Try It?," 19 June 2018 There is something almost dialectical about the contrast between the parents on one hand and Nancy on the other, between Cameron and Buscemi’s open, guileless performances and Riseborough’s flat, affectless line readings. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Andrea Riseborough brings complexity to an emotional void in the melancholic 'Nancy'," 7 June 2018 The relationship between the two moments is dialectical: The aural noise and visual integrity of the first scene are reversed in the second. New York Times, "How Luchino Visconti Made History Sing," 7 June 2018 Lauren deduced the reviewer’s identity almost immediately; the former client gave himself away with the same dialectical misspellings that littered previous negative reviews on other review websites. Rick Paulas, Longreads, "Sex Workers vs. The Internet," 15 June 2018 There’s a style of therapy called DBT — dialectical behavioral therapy, a form of CBT — that was designed specifically to treat borderline. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "My Life With Borderline Personality Disorder," 13 June 2018 This conviction has all the markings of a dialectical bubble waiting to be popped in 2020 or 2021. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Trump’s Assault on Democracy Doesn’t Bother the Illiberal Left," 16 May 2018

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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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