Definition of dialectic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdaɪəˈlektɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaɪəˈlektɪk//
    [singular] (less frequent dialectics [uncountable])
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  1. 1(philosophy) a method of discovering the truth of ideas by discussion and logical argument and by considering ideas that are opposed to each other
  2. 2(formal) the way in which two aspects of a situation affect each other
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French dialectique or Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikē (tekhnē) ‘(art) of debate’, from dialegesthai ‘converse with’, from dia ‘through’ + legein ‘speak’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dialectic