prolepsis

noun pro·lep·sis \ prō-ˈlep-səs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prolepsis

plural prolepses play \prō-ˈlep-ˌsēz\
: anticipation: such 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")

proleptic

play \prō-ˈlep-tik\ adjective

proleptically

play \prō-ˈlep-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of prolepsis

Greek prolēpsis, from prolambanein to take beforehand, from pro- before + lambanein to take — more at latch


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