cat·​a·​phor·​ic ˌka-tə-ˈfȯr-ik How to pronounce cataphoric (audio)
: of or relating to cataphora
especially : being a word or phrase (such as a pronoun) that takes its reference from a following word or phrase (such as her in before her Jane saw nothing but desert) compare anaphoric

Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cataphoric was in 1968

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“Cataphoric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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