of or relating to or his philosophy, followers, etc., or to the .
a follower of .
any of the Greek philosophers influenced by .
Contemporary Examples

You need philosophy, not the modern bull session kind but the Socratic method of “What the hell am I thinking?”
My Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail P. J. O’Rourke May 17, 2014

Many teachers now think of the Socratic method as the technique of encouraging students to say whatever they know about a topic.
The Ivy League Provides the Best Trade Schools Around Nick Romeo August 16, 2014

Darwin is allowed to wander around in his own mind, and not just for the Socratic, is-he-guilty-or-innocent routine.
Do I Have to Read Dick Francis? William Boot February 19, 2010

Religious education in the Shiite seminaries uses the Socratic method—challenge and response—and nothing is off limits.
Is Iraq Shifting to Iran? Gary Sick November 15, 2009

Solomon recounts a recurring Socratic dialogue between Robbins and Stein, Bock, and Harnick.
The Strange Power of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Jen Vafidis October 27, 2013

Historical Examples

Perhaps we may best explain this by recurring to the original application of the Socratic method to human affairs.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7 Various

The centre of Godwin’s moral teaching was yet another Socratic thought.
Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle H. N. Brailsford

He, though he is imbued in the Socratic lectures, will not morosely reject thee.
The Works of Horace Horace

Paleyan somewhat, perhaps Socratic, not devoid of common sense.
Cyropaedia Xenophon

There is but one hope; we must follow the genuine Socratic method, which consisted of quiet individual instruction.
Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb

of or relating to Socrates, his methods, etc
a person who follows the teachings of Socrates

1630s (Socratical is from 1580s), “of or pertaining to Greek philosopher Socrates” (469-399 B.C.E.), especially in reference to his method of eliciting truth by question and answer, from Latin Socraticus, from Greek Sokratikos “pertaining to Socrates or his school.” His name is Greek Sokrates, literally “having safe might.”

An early interactive learning system (not a language(?)) developed at Bolt, Beranek & Newman.
[Sammet 1969, p. 702].


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