noun pro·lep·sis \prō-ˈlep-səs\
plural pro·lep·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of PROLEPSIS

:  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)
pro·lep·tic \-ˈlep-tik\ adjective
pro·lep·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Greek prolēpsis, from prolambanein to take beforehand, from pro- before + lambanein to take — more at latch
First Known Use: 1578

Rhymes with PROLEPSIS


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