C17: from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikē (tekhnē) (the art) of argument; see dialect
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Word forms: dialectics
1. countable noun
People refer to the dialectic or dialectics of a situation when they are referring to the way in which two very different forces or factors work together, and the way in which their differences are resolved. [technical, formal] ⇒ ...the intricate dialectic of these two contrasting concepts. ⇒ ...the dialectics of class struggle and of socio-economic change.
`We are all agreed that Berlin is not to be seen as part of anyone's great Marxist dialectic.Dobbs, Michael WALL GAMESHe wasn't an ideologue, he'd never been strong on dialectic , and anyway it wasn't the purpose of the meeting.Robert Wilson THE COMPANY OF STRANGERSDogma, dialectic , collective and the like are hardly sounds to sing with or symbols you can use to touch the heart and stir the soul.Hocke, Martin THE ANCIENT AND SOLITARY REIGN