Meaning of Hegelian dialectic

Hege'lian dialec'tic

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  1. an interpretive method, originally used to relate specific entities or events to the absolute idea, in which some assertible propositionis necessarily opposed by an equally assertible and apparently contradictory propositionthe mutual contradiction being reconciled on a higher level of truth by a third proposition
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