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Ἀριστίππου: see on i.2.60, and ii. 1. 1.

ἠλέγχετο: the impf. may mean that Xenophon here had in mind other conversations than the one recorded in ii. 1.—οὐχ ὥσπερ κτλ.: not like those who are on their guard lest their words be perverted.

ὡς ἂν πεπεισμένοι (sc. ἀποκρίναιντο) κτλ.: as they would answer if persuaded that they are above all things doing what is right. Cf. τὰ δέοντα πράττων οὐ σωφρονεῖ; Plato Charm. 164 B. Socrates's method of discussion, which aimed at the discovery of truth, is contrasted with the ways of the Sophists, who were chiefly concerned with wresting the victory from an opponent by rhetorical artifice.

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