[ proh-li-gom-uh-non, -nuhn ]
/ ˌproʊ lɪˈgɒm əˌnɒn, -nən /
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noun, plural pro·le·gom·e·na [proh-li-gom-uh-nuh]. /ˌproʊ lɪˈgɒm ə nə/.
a preliminary discussion; introductory essay, as prefatory matter in a book; a prologue.
Usually prolegomena. (sometimes used with a singular verb) a treatise serving as a preface or introduction to a book.
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/ (ˌprəʊlɛˈɡɒmɪnən) /
noun plural -na (-nə)
(often plural) a preliminary discussion, esp a formal critical introduction to a lengthy text
Derived forms of prolegomenonprolegomenal, adjective
Word Origin for prolegomenon
C17: from Greek, from prolegein, from pro- ² + legein to say
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