|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|1.||disputation or debate, esp intended to resolve differences between two views rather than to establish one of them as true|
|a. the conversational Socratic method of argument|
|b. (in Plato) the highest study, that of the Forms|
|3.||(in the writings of Kant) the exposure of the contradictions implicit in applying empirical concepts beyond the limits of experience|
|4.||philosophy Hegelian dialectic See also dialectical materialism the process of reconciliation of contradiction either of beliefs or in historical processes|
|5.||of or relating to logical disputation|
|[C17: from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikē (tekhnē) (the art) of argument; see |
originally a form of logical argumentation but now a philosophical concept of evolution applied to diverse fields including thought, nature, and history.
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