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A pedagogical technique in which a teacher does not give information directly but instead asks a series of questions, with the result that the student comes either to the desired knowledge by answering the questions or to a deeper awareness of the limits of knowledge.
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(Philosophy) philosophy the method of instruction by question and answer used by Socrates in order to elicit from his pupils truths he considered to be implicitly known by all rational beings. Compare maieutic
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the use of questions, as employed by Socrates, to develop a latent idea in the mind of a student or elicit an admission from an opponent.
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Socratic method- A teaching technique in which a teacher does not give information directly but instead asks a series of questions, with the result that the student comes either to the desired knowledge by answering the questions or to a deeper awareness of the limits of knowledge.
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|Noun||1.||Socratic method - a method of teaching by question and answer; used by Socrates to elicit truths from his students|
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