Of or denoting the Socratic mode of inquiry, which aims to bring a person's latent ideas into clear consciousness.
- ‘The aims of an analytical treatment are therapeutic or maieutic.’
- ‘By maieutic effect or aim, Bleger (1973) refers to an enrichment or more widespread development that affects either a part or the whole of the personality, distinguishing this from the curative goals.’
- ‘Growth-enabling leadership is best described as "maieutic" leadership, from the Greek maienomu (to serve as midwife).’
[treated as singular] The maieutic method.
- ‘In this paper I want to show that poetics need maieutics.’
Mid 17th century: from Greek maieutikos, from maieuesthai act as a midwife from maia midwife.