ma·ieu·tic (mā-ytĭk, 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-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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