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proleptic +‎ -ally or proleptical +‎ -ly


proleptically (comparative more proleptically, superlative most proleptically)

  1. In a proleptic manner; anticipatorily.
    • 1925, John Dewey. Experience and Nature In The Later Works of John Dewey, Vol. 1, Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale (IL), p. 150:
      When we name an event, calling it fire, we speak proleptically; we do not name an immediate event; that is impossible. We employ a term of discourse; we invoke a meaning, namely, the potential consequence of the existence.
    • 2021 July 28, Jesse Green, “Onstage, the Pen Is Usually Duller Than the Sword”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      Fullerton, in real life apparently a magnetic, equal opportunity Lothario [] is written here [] as more of a puppy than a hound, making campy references to Wharton by her childhood name, Pussy Jones, and proleptically quoting Mae West.