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NOUN (2)

1. any formal system of reasoning that arrives at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments;

2. a contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction;
- Example: "this situation created the inner dialectic of American history"


1. of or relating to or employing dialectic;
- Example: "the dialectical method"
[syn: dialectic, dialectical]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dialectic \Di`a*lec"tic\, n. Same as Dialectics. [1913 Webster] Plato placed his dialectic above all sciences. --Liddell & Scott. Dialectic
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dialectic \Di`a*lec"tic\, Dialectical \Di`a*lec"tic*al\, a. [L. dialecticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. dialectique. See Dialect.] 1. Pertaining to dialectics; logical; argumental. [1913 Webster] 2. Pertaining to a dialect or to dialects. --Earle. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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