Definition of prolepsis
plural pro·lep·sesplay \-ˌsēz\
: 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”)
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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