prot·​a·​sis ˈprä-tə-səs How to pronounce protasis (audio)
plural protases ˈprä-tə-ˌsēz How to pronounce protasis (audio)
: the introductory part of a play or narrative poem
: the subordinate clause of a conditional sentence compare apodosis
protatic adjective

Word History


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 tenant entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of protasis was circa 1568

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Cite this Entry

“Protasis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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