One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to the logical discussion of ideas and opinions.‘dialectical ingenuity’
rational, rationalistic, logical, analyticalView synonyms
- ‘In fact, Aristotle often indicates that dialectical argument is by nature refutative.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His theory of place and time as defining structures of the mind anticipates Kant, his dialectical reasoning prefigures Hegel.’
2Concerned with or acting through opposing forces.‘a dialectical opposition between social convention and individual libertarianism’
- ‘Further studies on these areas will help us to understand better the dialectical relationship between global forces and local accommodation and resilience.’
- ‘The isolationist/internationalist dialectical opposition is often expressed in terms of American exceptionalism.’
- ‘Passion's dialectical opposite, self-destruction, runs rampant during these years of his life.’
- ‘Throughout the film, Gardner uses opposing pairs of simple, iconic elements to represent the cyclical, dialectical forces which animate the rituals he documents.’
- ‘These two traditions of thinking about culture developed in dialectical opposition to each other.’
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