What does the word dialectic mean?

Usage examples for dialectic

  1. These, I said, are the points which you must consider; and those who have most of this comprehension, and who are more steadfast in their learning, and in their military and other appointed duties, when they have arrived at the age of thirty have to be chosen by you out of the select class, and elevated to higher honour; and you will have to prove them by the help of dialectic, in order to learn which of them is able to give up the use of sight and the other senses, and in company with truth to attain absolute being: And here, my friend, great caution is required. – Plato's Republic by Plato
  2. Ambrose's famous saying, that 'it hath not pleased the Lord to give his people salvation in dialectic, ' has a profound meaning far beyond its application to theology. – On Compromise by John Morley