Meaning of dialectical in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdʌɪəˈlɛktɪkl/

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  • 1Relating to the logical discussion of ideas and opinions.

    ‘dialectical ingenuity’
    • ‘His theory of place and time as defining structures of the mind anticipates Kant, his dialectical reasoning prefigures Hegel.’
    • ‘We have seen enough to grasp the idea of the dialectical method.’
    • ‘The Academy's method of argument was, in the first instance, dialectical, like that of Socrates in Plato's Socratic dialogues.’
    • ‘In fact, Aristotle often indicates that dialectical argument is by nature refutative.’
    • ‘The notions of a future life, of another world, and similar ideas are described as arising out of the dialectical limitations of the finite understanding.’
    rational, rationalistic, logical, analytical
  • 2Concerned with or acting through opposing forces.

    ‘a dialectical opposition between artistic translation and transcription’
    • ‘Throughout the film, Gardner uses opposing pairs of simple, iconic elements to represent the cyclical, dialectical forces which animate the rituals he documents.’
    • ‘Further studies on these areas will help us to understand better the dialectical relationship between global forces and local accommodation and resilience.’
    • ‘Passion's dialectical opposite, self-destruction, runs rampant during these years of his life.’
    • ‘The isolationist/internationalist dialectical opposition is often expressed in terms of American exceptionalism.’
    • ‘These two traditions of thinking about culture developed in dialectical opposition to each other.’