Definition of maieutic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmāˈyo͞odək/


Of or denoting the Socratic mode of inquiry, which aims to bring a person’s latent ideas into clear consciousness.
Example sentences
  • 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]
The maieutic method.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: ma·ieu·tic

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