Definition of dialectical in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪəˈlɛktɪk(ə)l/


1Relating to the logical discussion of ideas and opinions: dialectical ingenuity
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  • His theory of place and time as defining structures of the mind anticipates Kant, his dialectical reasoning prefigures Hegel.
  • We have seen enough to grasp the idea of the dialectical method.
  • The Academy's method of argument was, in the first instance, dialectical, like that of Socrates in Plato's Socratic dialogues.
2Concerned with or acting through opposing forces: a dialectical opposition between social convention and individual libertarianism
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  • Throughout the film, Gardner uses opposing pairs of simple, iconic elements to represent the cyclical, dialectical forces which animate the rituals he documents.
  • Further studies on these areas will help us to understand better the dialectical relationship between global forces and local accommodation and resilience.
  • Passion's dialectical opposite, self-destruction, runs rampant during these years of his life.



Pronunciation: /ˌdʌɪəˈlɛktɪk(ə)li/
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  • However, this idea is dialectically explored through the phenomenon of ‘shock work,’ as practiced by the rural Soviet worker that was forced into the ‘five year plans.’
  • Taking the individual as the arbiter and source of moral values is dialectically related to the concept of ‘Liberal Community’.
  • Unless we view them dialectically, the events of history - the violent chaos of battle, agonies of martyrdom, interminable failures of individual intellect and will - appear to be no more than a ‘slaughter bench’ of human hopes.
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