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 (mā-yo͞o′tĭk, mī-) also ma·ieu·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
Of or relating to the aspect of the Socratic method that induces a respondent to formulate latent concepts through a dialectic or logical sequence of questions.

[Greek maieutikos, from maieuesthai, to act as midwife, from maia, midwife, nurse; see mā- in Indo-European roots.]
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(meɪˈjuːtɪk) or


(Philosophy) philosophy of or relating to the Socratic method of eliciting knowledge by a series of questions and answers
[C17: from Greek maieutikos relating to midwifery (used figuratively by Socrates), from maia midwife]
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(meɪˈyu tɪk)

of or pertaining to the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from someone.
[1645–55; < Greek maieutikós literally, skilled in midwifery]
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But as I have already said, it seems clear to me that this passage gives a very accurate description of the Socratic method, and this becomes crystal clear when we compare it to the end of the Theaetetus, where Socrates says that the benefits of his maieutic art are (1) to render the people it helps ready for conceiving better products, and (2) if they remain intellectually barren, to make them gentler and less tiresome to other people by making them realize that they do not know what they do not know.
For instance, in classical philosophy, we remember Socrates' critique of the Sophists by maieutic in the manner of a method for the existential construction of philosophy; while Diogenes deemed 'Plato's lessons as a waste of time' (Laertios, 1997, p.
Hausermann demonstrates the ingratitude and intolerance of apprentices' individuality and their invention of new crafting methods: "The master's maieutic teaching, based on the reproduction of gestures, often opposes the apprentice's heuristic research for new techniques through individual experiment" (75).
This technique employs the maieutic method in order to help the clients question and replace their maladaptive thoughts with more adaptive ones.
Among these conditions, we find the construction of "maieutic spaces", which contain three patterns of relationship: co-humor, relaxed mutual availability and verbal co-production.
I would also comment that particularly in the second chapter of the book--'Railway Speed'--the train compartment becomes a truly maieutic space for women, a space of self-questioning, self-realisation and reinvention.
There is no need to tell that history, but it may be captured in dramatic shifts from a "university for Coloureds" to an institution deeply embedded in the struggle against apartheid, to "the intellectual home of the left" (1980s), to a maieutic role in the transition to democracy (1990-1994), to a struggling university (1995-2000), to a "place of quality, a place to grow" (2001-) and to being one of the leading universities on the African continent.
Some have said Socrates's questioning was like a "maieutic" method, wherein a midwife essentially assisted patients in giving birth to their own understanding (Blackburn 2005).
This maieutic ethics parallels that of a fruitful relationship between teacher and student.
Often, such dialogue has a maieutic and dialectical aspect in exploring clients' worldviews, cultural beliefs, and core values (Wong, in press, b).
In the Theaetetus Socrates reveals that matchmaking is part of his maieutic art, and he uses his knowledge of these matters to demonstrate that Theodorus is not a good match for Theaetetus, because, among other reasons, Theodorus does not have a good understanding of Theaetetus' soul.