from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art or practice of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments.
- n. The process especially associated with Hegel of arriving at the truth by stating a thesis, developing a contradictory antithesis, and combining and resolving them into a coherent synthesis.
- n. Hegel's critical method for the investigation of this process.
- n. The Marxian process of change through the conflict of opposing forces, whereby a given contradiction is characterized by a primary and a secondary aspect, the secondary succumbing to the primary, which is then transformed into an aspect of a new contradiction. Often used in the plural with a singular or plural verb.
- n. The Marxian critique of this process.
- n. A method of argument or exposition that systematically weighs contradictory facts or ideas with a view to the resolution of their real or apparent contradictions.
- n. The contradiction between two conflicting forces viewed as the determining factor in their continuing interaction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any formal system of reasoning that arrives at a truth by the exchange of logical arguments.
- n. A contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction.
- adj. dialectical
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as dialectics.
- adj. Pertaining to dialectics; logical; argumental.
- adj. Pertaining to a dialect or to dialects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to the art of reasoning about probabilities; pertaining to scholastic disputation. Kantians sometimes use the word in the sense of pertaining to false argumentation.
- Of or pertaining to a dialect or dialects; dialectal.
- Also dialectical.
- n. [= French dialectique = Sp. dialéctica = Pg. dialectica = It. dialettica = G. Dan. Sw. dialektik, ⟨ L. dialectica, ⟨ Gr.
διαλεκτική(sc. τέχνη), the dialectic art, the art of discussion, logical debate, also the logic of probabilities, fem. of διαλεκτικός, belonging to disputation: see I.]
- n. Logic, or a branch of logic; specifically, the art of critical examination into the truth of an opinion; inductive logic applied to philosophy; the logic of probable reasoning; the art of discussion and of disputation; logic applied to rhetoric and refutation.
- n. Skill in disputation. Also dialectics.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any formal system of reasoning that arrives at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments
- adj. of or relating to or employing dialectic
- n. a contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction
Middle English dialetik, from Old French dialetique, from Latin dialectica, logic, from Greek dialektikē (tekhnē), (art) of debate, feminine of dialektikos, from dialektos, speech, conversation; see dialect.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek διαλεκτική (dialektike, "the art of argument through interactive questioning and answering"), from διαλεκτικός (dialektikos, "competent debater"), from διαλέγομαι (dialegomai, "to participate in a dialogue"), from διά (dia, "through, across") + λέγειν (legein, "to speak"). (Wiktionary)