[ proh-lep-sis ]
/ proʊˈlɛp sɪs /
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noun, plural pro·lep·ses [proh-lep-seez]. /proʊˈlɛp siz/.
Rhetoric. the anticipation of possible objections in order to answer them in advance.
the assigning of a person, event, etc., to a period earlier than the actual one; the representation of something in the future as if it already existed or had occurred; prochronism.
the use of a descriptive word in anticipation of its becoming applicable.
a fundamental conception or assumption in Epicureanism or Stoicism arising spontaneously in the mind without conscious reflection; thought provoked by sense perception.
Pathology. the return of an attack of a periodic disease or of a paroxysm before the expected time or at progressively shorter intervals.
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Origin of prolepsis
First recorded in 1570–80; from Late Latin prolēpsis, from Greek prólēpsis “anticipation, preconception,” equivalent to prolēp-, future stem of prolambánein “to anticipate” (pro- “for, before” + lambánein “to take”) + -sis noun suffix (see -sis
OTHER WORDS FROM prolepsispro·lep·tic [proh-lep-tik], /proʊˈlɛp tɪk/, pro·lep·ti·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prolepsis
/ (prəʊˈlɛpsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
a rhetorical device by which objections are anticipated and answered in advance
use of a word after a verb in anticipation of its becoming applicable through the action of the verb, as flat in hammer it flat
Derived forms of prolepsisproleptic, adjective
Word Origin for prolepsis
C16: via Late Latin from Greek: anticipation, from prolambanein to anticipate, from pro- ² + lambanein to take
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Medical definitions for prolepsis
[ prō-lĕp′sĭs ]
n. pl. pro•lep•ses (-sēz)
The return of paroxysms of a recurrent disease at intervals that progressively become shorter.
Other words from prolepsispro•lep′tic (-lĕp′tĭk) adj.
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