Maieutic Ma*ieu"tic (m[asl]*[=u]"t[i^]k), Maieutical Ma*ieu"tic*al (m[asl]*[=u]"t[i^]*kal), a. [Gr. maieytiko`s, fr. mai^a midwife.] 1. Serving to assist childbirth. --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

2. [Fig.] Aiding, or tending to, the definition and interpretation of thoughts or language. --Payne. [1913 Webster]

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  • maieutic — [mā yo͞ot′ik] adj. [Gr maieutikos < maia, midwife, orig., mother: see MAIA] designating or of the Socratic method of helping a person to bring forth and become aware of latent ideas or memories …   English World dictionary

  • maieutic — [meɪ ju:tɪk] adjective of or denoting the Socratic mode of enquiry, which aims to bring a person s latent ideas into clear consciousness. noun (maieutics) [treated as sing.] the maieutic method. Origin C17: from Gk maieutikos, from maieuesthai… …   English new terms dictionary

  • maieutic — adjective Etymology: Greek maieutikos of midwifery Date: 1655 relating to or resembling the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from another …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • maieutic — /may yooh tik/, adj. of or pertaining to the method used by Socrates of eliciting knowledge in the mind of a person by interrogation and insistence on close and logical reasoning. [1645 55; < Gk maieutikós of, pertaining to midwifery, equiv. to… …   Universalium

  • maieutic — adjective maieutical …   Wiktionary

  • maieutic — meɪ juːtɪk adj. relating to the Socratic method …   English contemporary dictionary

  • maieutic — ma·ieu·tic …   English syllables

  • maieutic — ma•ieu•tic [[t]meɪˈyu tɪk[/t]] adj. pho of or pertaining to the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from someone • Etymology: 1645–55; < Gk maieutikós lit., skilled in midwifery …   From formal English to slang

  • maieutic — /meɪˈjutɪk/ (say may yoohtik) adjective (of the Socratic mode of inquiry) bringing out ideas latent in the mind. {Greek maieutikos of midwifery} …   Australian English dictionary

  • maieutic —   a. pertaining to Socratic method.    ♦ maieutics, n. Socratic method; midwifery …   Dictionary of difficult words

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