prolepsis

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noun pro·lep·sis \prō-ˈlep-səs\

Definition of prolepsis

plural

prolepses

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  1. :  anticipation: such asa :  the representation or assumption of a future act or development as if presently existing or accomplishedb :  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”)

proleptic

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proleptically

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Origin and Etymology 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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