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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

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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").

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