from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as elenchic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Logic) Serving to refute; refutative; -- applied to indirect modes of proof, and opposed to deictic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Serving to refute; refutative
  • adjective Of or pertaining to elenchus
  • adjective Applied to indirect modes of proof; opposed to deictic.


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From Ancient Greek ἐλεγκτικός (elenktikos, "refutative")


  • His Xenedemus is a short Plato-style elenctic dialogue on themes from Porphyry™s

    Byzantine Philosophy

  • The elenctic dialogue in Plato's style seems to have been considered particularly useful for polemical purposes.

    Byzantine Philosophy

  • The elenctic method probably plays some role in advancing one's understanding, especially the step from perception to belief.

    Plato's Middle Period Metaphysics and Epistemology

  • The “elenctic” mode, named from the Socratic elenchos, is more confrontational and is aimed at removing false convictions, while the


  • The elenctic practice of Socrates would determine whether other accounts are consistent with one another.

    Plato's Middle Period Metaphysics and Epistemology

  • Under the cool gaze of the elenctic eye, they are tested for consistency with other beliefs that lie just outside love's controlling and often distorting ambit.

    Plato on Friendship and Eros

  • The attempt to formulate an account of love free from puzzles and immune to elenctic refutation must lead on from beautiful bodies to beautiful souls, and so to the beautiful laws and practices that will improve souls and make young men better.

    Plato on Friendship and Eros

  • As a man who loves boys in an idiosyncratic, because elenctic, way,

    Plato on Friendship and Eros

  • Aristotle's “elenctic refutation” has been fruitfully compared to a Kantian transcendental argument.

    Aristotle on Non-contradiction

  • The modern debate finds its counterpart in debate among scholars about what Aristotle is aiming to do in his elenctic discussion.

    Aristotle on Non-contradiction


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