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  • n. Plural form of dialectic.
  • n. A systematic method of argument that attempts to resolve the contradictions in opposing views or ideas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That branch of logic which teaches the rules and modes of reasoning; the application of logical principles to discursive reasoning; the science or art of discriminating truth from error; logical discussion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as dialectic, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rationale for dialectical materialism based on change through the conflict of opposing forces

Etymologies

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, "inter, through") + λέγειν (legein, "to speak"). (Wiktionary)

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