[ proh-kruh-niz-uh m, prok-ruh- ]
/ ˈproʊ krəˌnɪz əm, ˈprɒk rə- /


a chronological error in which a person, event, etc., is assigned a date earlier than the actual one; prolepsis.

Origin of prochronism

1640–50; pro-2 + Greek chrón(os) time + -ism. See anachronism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prochronism

  • Their calculations are sound on the recognised premises; but they have not allowed for the Law of Prochronism in Creation.

    Omphalos|Philip Henry Gosse

British Dictionary definitions for prochronism

/ (ˈprəʊkrəˌnɪzəm) /


an error in dating that places an event earlier than it actually occurredCompare parachronism

Word Origin for prochronism

C17: from pro- ² + Greek khronos time + -ism, by analogy with anachronism
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