Definition of maieutic in English:
Of or denoting the Socratic mode of inquiry, which aims to bring a person’s latent ideas into clear consciousness.
- 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.
plural noun(maieutics) [treated as singular] Back to top
mid 17th century: from Greek maieutikos, from maieuesthai 'act as a midwife', from maia 'midwife'.
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