noun, plural pro·lep·ses [proh-lep-seez] /proʊˈlɛp siz/.
Origin of prolepsis
Examples from the Web for proleptic
Historical Examples of proleptic
"Hopeless is here used in a proleptic or anticipatory way" (Hales).
The italics are ours, but the proleptic idea is a happy invention of the author himself.
Is Mr. Rossetti acquainted with the proleptic use of adjectives and participles?Ephemera Critica
John Churton Collins
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'.
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for prolepsis
1570s, "the taking of something anticipated as already done or existing," from Latin prolepsis, from Greek prolepsis "an anticipating," literally "a taking beforehand," from prolambanein "to take before," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + lambanein "to take" (see analemma). Related: Proleptic; proleptical; proleptically.