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

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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 The first-line treatment for BPD is dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), which helps people learn emotional regulation skills. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Pete Davidson Shares What It Was Like to Finally Get His BPD Diagnosis," 27 Jan. 2021 This dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) tactic balances the nervous system, taking us from a sympathetic response back to a parasympathetic state. Stefanie Groner, Glamour, "How to Calm Down: 18 Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Stress," 2 Dec. 2020 The romance that surges through the story is his principal tool of historical analysis, setting facts and feelings into a dialectical dance that doesn’t conclude when the story ends. New York Times, "A Five-Hour Crash Course in Italian History That’s Also Great Filmmaking," 6 May 2020 Trained as a lawyer (and the son of a prominent Austrian prosecutor), Preminger established a dialectical method for filming scenes of conflict, holding opponents in tense and unstable balance. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: “Fallen Angel,” a Frenzied Otto Preminger Romance on Turner Classic Movies," 1 May 2020 Over the past sixty years, Rainer has made an art of bringing a deadpan comic tone to scenes of strenuous activity: bodily exertion, illness, political struggle, emotional strain, taxing dialectical thought. Max Nelson, The New York Review of Books, "‘Don’t Write on Here, Bad Girl’," 8 Apr. 2020 Like the aesthetic advances that preceded it, the Zoomification of movies will be the product of what has always been a dialectical relationship between technology and creators. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "Zoom has become the movie of our lives, boxed for an occasion we didn’t know was coming," 2 Apr. 2020 My clear designer see-thru [sic] tote bag: tampons, dialectical behavioral therapy workbook (used), old receipts from a bodega, a dollar that’s ripped in half. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "This Writer Has No Feet, Loves Shoes, and Is the Funniest Person on Twitter," 10 Dec. 2019 The therapy is called dialectical behavior therapy, or D.B.T., and was developed by Marsha Linehan, a psychologist at the University of Washington. New York Times, "Getting a Handle on Self-Harm," 11 Nov. 2019

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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 4 Mar. 2021.

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