Definition of maieutic in English:


Syllabification: ma·ieu·tic
Pronunciation: /mäˈyo͞otik


  • Of or denoting the Socratic mode of inquiry, which aims to bring a person’s latent ideas into clear consciousness.
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    • 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).
    • The aims of an analytical treatment are therapeutic or maieutic.


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mid 17th century: from Greek maieutikos, from maieuesthai 'act as a midwife', from maia 'midwife'.

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