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Meaning of Socratic method

Socrat'ic meth'od

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the use of questions, as employed by Socrates, to develop a latent idea, as in the mind of a pupil, or to elicit admissions, as from an opponent, tending to establish a proposition.
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