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protasis

play
noun prot·a·sis \ˈprä-tə-səs\

Definition of protasis

plural protasesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  the introductory part of a play or narrative poem

  2. 2 :  the subordinate clause of a conditional sentence — compare apodosis

protatic play \prä-ˈta-tik, prō-\ adjective


Origin of protasis

Late Latin, from Greek, premise of a syllogism, conditional clause, from proteinein to stretch out before, put forward, from pro- + teinein to stretch — more at thin


First Known Use: circa 1568


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