noun, plural pro·lep·ses [proh-lep-seez] /proʊˈlɛp siz/.
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Origin of prolepsis
OTHER WORDS FROM prolepsispro·lep·tic [proh-lep-tik] /proʊˈlɛp tɪk/, pro·lep·ti·cal, adjectivepro·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for proleptic
Is Mr. Rossetti acquainted with the proleptic use of adjectives and participles?Ephemera Critica|John Churton Collins
The italics are ours, but the proleptic idea is a happy invention of the author himself.
"Hopeless is here used in a proleptic or anticipatory way" (Hales).
The adjective is redundant and "proleptic," as the bird must be "enthralled" before it can be called "captive."
Proleptic: 'The flame-tips would become bright and furnish a good omen for your prayer'.