One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or denoting the Socratic mode of inquiry, which aims to bring a person's latent ideas into clear consciousness.
- ‘Growth-enabling leadership is best described as "maieutic" leadership, from the Greek maienomu (to serve as midwife).’
- ‘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.’
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’.
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