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See also: maièutic
From Ancient Greek μαιευτικός (maieutikós, “obstetric”). The rhetorical sense comes from a passage in Plato's Theaetetus where Socrates likens his procedure to that of a midwife.
maieutic (comparative more maieutic, superlative most maieutic)
- (philosophy) Of or related to the Socratic method.
- (uncommon) Obstetric: of or related to childbirth.