prolepsis

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From Latin prolepsis, from Ancient Greek πρόληψις (prolepsis, preconception, anticipation), from προλαμβάνω (prolambano, take beforehand, anticipate)

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  • IPA(key): /pɹoʊˈlɛpsɪs/

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prolepsis (plural prolepses)

Examples (rhetoric)

Dead man walking. (He's not dead yet.)

Examples (grammar, rhetoric)

That noise, I just heard it again.

  1. (rhetoric) The assignment of something to a period of time that precedes it.
  2. (logic) The anticipation of an objection to an argument.
  3. (grammar, rhetoric) A construction that consists of placing an element in a syntactic unit before that to which it would logically correspond.
  4. (philosophy, epistemology) A so-called "preconception", i.e. a pre-theoretical notion which can lead to true knowledge of the world.
  5. (botany) Growth in which lateral branches develop from a lateral meristem, after the formation of a bud or following a period of dormancy, when the lateral meristem is split from a terminal meristem.

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