protasis

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From Late Latin, from Ancient Greek πρότασις (prótasis), from προτείνω (proteínō, put forward, tender, propose), from πρό (pró) + τείνω (teínō, stretch).

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protasis (plural protases)

  1. the first part of a play, in which the setting and characters are introduced
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses
      It doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in another, repeats itself, protasis, epitasis, catastasis, catastrophe.
  2. (logic, grammar) the antecedent in a conditional sentence
    In, "I will be coming if this weather holds up", "this weather holds up" is the protasis

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