maieutic

maieutic

[mey-yoo-tik]
adjective
of or pertaining to the method used by Socrates of eliciting knowledge in the mind of a person by interrogation and insistence on close and logical reasoning.

Origin:
1645–55; < Greek maieutikós of, pertaining to midwifery, equivalent to maieú(esthai) to serve as a midwife (akin to maîa midwife) + -tikos -tic

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maieutic or maieutical (meɪˈjuːtɪk)
 
adj
philosophy of or relating to the Socratic method of eliciting knowledge by a series of questions and answers
 
[C17: from Greek maieutikos relating to midwifery (used figuratively by Socrates), from maia midwife]
 
maieutical or maieutical
 
adj
 
[C17: from Greek maieutikos relating to midwifery (used figuratively by Socrates), from maia midwife]

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