also dialectic adjective Date: 1548 1. a. of, relating to, or in accordance with dialectic <
dialectical method
b. practicing, devoted to, or employing dialectic <
a dialectical philosopher
2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a dialect • dialectically adverb

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