protasis

noun
prot·a·sis | \ˈprä-tə-səs \
plural protases\ˈprä-tə-ˌsēz \

Definition of protasis 

1 : the introductory part of a play or narrative poem

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

Other Words from protasis

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

First Known Use of protasis

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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