Meaning of “dialectic” in the English Dictionary

"dialectic" in English

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dialecticnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdaɪ.əˈlek.tɪk/ us /ˌdaɪ.əˈlek.tɪk/ also dialectics specialized
dialectical
adjective uk /ˌdaɪ.əˈlek.tɪ.kəl/ us /ˌdaɪ.əˈlek.tɪ.kəl/

Examples from literature

  • Dialectic expresses a given intent. 
  • He not only wrote on dialectics and logic, but also on physics in its various departments. 
  • Meantime dialectic, or knowledge of ideal things, remains merely virtual. 
  • Physics and dialectic meet in this: that the second brings to fruition what the first describes, namely, existence, and that both have their transcendental root in the flux of being. 

(Definition of “dialectic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dialectic" in Business English

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dialecticadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˌdaɪəˈlektɪk/ us

MANAGEMENT, MEETINGS using questions and answers as a method of examining something or of finding a solution to a problem:

Conflict and disagreement are a necessary part of a dialectic approach.

(Definition of “dialectic” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)