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noun, pro·lep·sis \prō-ˈlep-səs\

Definition of prolepsis

plural prolepsesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  anticipation: as a :  the representation or assumption of a future act or development as if presently existing or accomplished b :  the application of an adjective to a noun in anticipation of the result of the action of the verb (as in “while yon slow oxen turn the furrowed plain”)

proleptic play \-ˈlep-tik\ adjective
proleptically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of prolepsis

Greek prolēpsis, from prolambanein to take beforehand, from pro- before + lambanein to take — more at latch

First Known Use: 1578

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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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