maieutic

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 maieú(esthai) to serve as a midwife (akin to maîa midwife) + -tikos -TIC]

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 method — n. A method of teaching by question and answer; it was used by Socrates to elicit truths from his students; called also the {Socratic method} [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maieutic method — (Gk., maieutikos, one who acts as a midwife) The maieutic method is that of eliciting ideas by questioning; the image is that the ideas are already there in the pregnant subject s mind, but require midwifery to be made manifest …   Philosophy 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 — 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

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