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  • adj. of, or pertaining to dialectic; logically reasoned through the exchange of opposing ideas.
  • adj. of, or characteristic of a dialect; dialectal

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as dialectic, 1.
  • Same as dialectic, 2.

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  • adj. of or relating to or employing dialectic


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dialectic +‎ -al


  • Our opposition generates, in dialectical fashion, discursive expressions of our values and world-view that resonate among us, and, at least ideally, offer the potential of more than talk.

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  • This kind of opposition I may be allowed to term dialectical; that of contradictories may be called analytical opposition.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

  • To be sure, they affect an elaborate rationalism, something they call dialectical materialism, which in turn rests on a verbal agglomeration known as Marxian economics.

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  • Seixon can’t debate without another person bringing a talking point, because his main dialectical trick is “No, you don’t”.

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  • I am also indebted to this article for Kaufman’s very persuasive demonstration of the ways that "constructivism exists in dialectical tension with negative capability" (371), a notion I have tried to pursue here using a somewhat different vocabulary, and for his demonstration of the ways this claim has broader critical resonances with respect to the relationship between formalist and Frankfurt school criticism. close window

    Notes, "Darkness Audible: Negative Capability and Mark Doty’s 'Nocturne in Black and Gold'", Romanticism and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

  • The philosophy is often called dialectical materialism; dialectical because it incorporates Hegel’s idea of inherent change, and materialism because it grounds itself not in the world of ideas, but on the terrain of social and physical environment.

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • Linehan diagnosed her with borderline personality disorder, an extreme inability to regulate moods, and prescribed a type of counseling called dialectical behavior therapy.

    The Forgotten Patients

  • One of the structures of thought is called dialectical thinking.

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  • In the process, I will argue that the form of anarchism I defend is best understood from what Chris Sciabarra has described as a dialectical orientation in social theory,2 as part of a larger effort to understand and to challenge interlocking, mutually reinforcing systems of oppression, of which statism is an integral part—but only one part among others.

    Liberty, Equality, Solidarity: Toward a Dialectical Anarchism

  • On this interpretation of Marxism, the philosophical presupposition of Marx and Engels which were identified as dialectical materialism were incompatible with the delineation of Marxism as a scientific and experimental hypothesis.

    Sidney Hook


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