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
- ‘His theory of place and time as defining structures of the mind anticipates Kant, his dialectical reasoning prefigures Hegel.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Academy's method of argument was, in the first instance, dialectical, like that of Socrates in Plato's Socratic dialogues.’
- ‘We have seen enough to grasp the idea of the dialectical method.’
- ‘In fact, Aristotle often indicates that dialectical argument is by nature refutative.’
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.’
- ‘These two traditions of thinking about culture developed in dialectical opposition to each other.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Throughout the film, Gardner uses opposing pairs of simple, iconic elements to represent the cyclical, dialectical forces which animate the rituals he documents.’
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