- dialectick (obsolete)
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”).
dialectic (plural dialectics)
- Any formal system of reasoning that arrives at a truth by the exchange of logical arguments.
- A contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction.
- This situation created the inner dialectic of American history.