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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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Following up on his description of Thomas's use of the Socratic, maieutical, method referred to above, he concludes that these lines imply--or that they literally say--that "it is easy to believe there is no God." And, he adds, "this is not something Thomas tells us" but rather "it is something his poetry gradually does to us" (67).
Exploring the Maieutical Dialectics between Christian Faith in God and Responsibility," in Fur die Freiheit verantwortlich, ed.