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proleptic (prəʊˈlɛptɪk) 

Definitions

adjective

  1. (rhetoric) of or relating to a rhetorical device by which objections are anticipated and answered in advance
  2. (grammar) of or relating to use of a word after a verb in anticipation of its becoming applicable through the action of the verb, as flat in hammer it flat

prolepsis (prəʊˈlɛpsɪs Pronunciation for prolepsis

Definitions

noun

(plural) -ses  (-siːz) 
  1. a rhetorical device by which objections are anticipated and answered in advance
  2. use of a word after a verb in anticipation of its becoming applicable through the action of the verb, as flat in hammer it flat

Derived Forms

proˈleptic adjective

Word Origin

C16: via Late Latin from Greek: anticipation, from prolambanein to anticipate, from pro-² + lambanein to take

Example Sentences Including 'proleptic'

No breach in proleptic refusal to grant immunity; Law report
Times, Sunday Times (2001)

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