maieutic(redirected from maieutical)
ma·ieu·tic(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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(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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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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