(of a date) retroactively calculated using a later calendar than the one used at the time:To make comparisons more simple, all dates are shown using the proleptic Gregorian calendar—that is, the modern Western calendar extrapolated into the past.
involving or characterized by prolepsis, the anticipatory use of arguments, adjectives, etc.: The proleptic idiom “to be dead meat” uses a present-tense description to suggest one’s future doom.
- Sometimes pro·lep·ti·cal [proh-lep-ti-kuhl] /proʊˈlɛp tɪ kəl/ .
- pro·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use proleptic in a sentence
"Hopeless is here used in a proleptic or anticipatory way" (Hales).Select Poems of Thomas Gray | Thomas Gray
The italics are ours, but the proleptic idea is a happy invention of the author himself.
The adjective is redundant and "proleptic," as the bird must be "enthralled" before it can be called "captive."Select Poems of Thomas Gray | Thomas Gray
proleptic: 'The flame-tips would become bright and furnish a good omen for your prayer'.The Last Poems of Ovid | Ovid
Is Mr. Rossetti acquainted with the proleptic use of adjectives and participles?Ephemera Critica | John Churton Collins