- the use of a word or phrase to refer to a following word or group of words, as the use of the phrase as follows.
Origin of cataphora
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- grammar the use of a word such as a pronoun that has the same reference as a word used subsequently in the same discourseCompare anaphora
from cata- + Greek pherein to bear
- Somnolence marked by periods of partial consciousness.
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