ca·​taph·​o·​ra kə-ˈta-fə-rə How to pronounce cataphora (audio)
: the use of a grammatical substitute (such as a pronoun) that has the same reference as a following word or phrase

Word History


cata- + anaphora

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cataphora was in 1976

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“Cataphora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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