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Noun: dialectics  ,dI-u'lek-tiks
  1. A rationale for dialectical materialism based on change through the conflict of opposing forces
Noun: dialectic  ,dI-u'lek-tik
  1. Any formal system of reasoning that arrives at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments
  2. A contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction
    "this situation created the inner dialectic of American history"

Type of: contradiction, philosophy, principle, rationale

Encyclopedia: Dialectics