adjective Also, dialectical.
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of logical argumentation.
the art or practice of logical discussion as employed in investigating the truth of a theory or opinion.
logical argumentation.
Often, dialectics.
logic or any of its branches.
any formal system of reasoning or thought.
dialectics, (often used with a singular verb) the arguments or bases of dialectical materialism, including the elevation of matter over mind and a constantly changing reality with a material basis.
(in Kantian epistemology) a fallacious metaphysical system arising from the attribution of objective reality to the perceptions by the mind of external objects. Compare transcendental dialectic.
the juxtaposition or interaction of conflicting ideas, forces, etc.

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dialectica < Greek dialektikḗ (téchnē) argumentative (art), feminine of dialektikós. See dialect, -ic

dialectically, adverb
nondialectic, adjective, noun

dialectal, dialectic, dialectical (see usage note at dialectal).
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dialectic (ˌdaɪəˈlɛktɪk)
1.  disputation or debate, esp intended to resolve differences between two views rather than to establish one of them as true
2.  philosophy
 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 dialect]

dialectics (ˌdaɪəˈlɛktɪks)
1.  the study of reasoning or of argumentative methodology
2.  a particular methodology or system; a logic
3.  the application of the Hegelian dialectic or the rationale of dialectical materialism

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. dialectica, from Gk. dialektike (techne) "(art of) philosophical discussion or discourse," fem. of dialektikos "of conversation, discourse," from dialektos "discourse, conversation" (see dialect). Originally synonymous with logic; in modern philosophy
refined by Kant, then by Hegel, who made it mean "process of resolving or merging contradictions in character." Related: Dialectical; dialectics.
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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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Example sentences
It was also interesting that you brought up dialectics, for you do not indulge in dialogue, you lecture and bully.
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