from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the aspect of the Socratic method that induces a respondent to formulate latent concepts through a dialectic or logical sequence of questions.
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- adj. maieutical
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to assist childbirth.
- adj. Aiding, or tending to, the definition and interpretation of thoughts or language.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to assist or facilitate childbirth; hence, in the Socratic method (see II.) aiding in bringing forth, in a metaphorical sense; serving to educe or elicit.
- n. The art of midwifery: applied by Socrates to the method he pursued in investigating and imparting truth; intellectual midwifery.
Greek maieutikos, from maieuesthai, to act as midwife, from maia, midwife, nurse; see mā-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)