- the describing of an event as taking place before it could have done so
- the treating of a future event as if it had already happened
- the anticipating and answering of an argument before one's opponent has a chance to advance it
Origin of prolepsisClassical Latin from Classical Greek prol?psis, an anticipating from prolambanein, to take before from pro-, before + lambanein, to take: see lemma
- The anachronistic representation of something as existing before its proper or historical time, as in the precolonial United States.
- a. The assignment of something, such as an event or name, to a time that precedes it, as in If you tell the cops, you're a dead man.b. The use of a descriptive word in anticipation of the act or circumstances that would make it applicable, as dry in They drained the lake dry.
- The anticipation and answering of an objection or argument before one's opponent has put it forward.
Origin of prolepsisLate Latin prolēpsis from Greek from prolambanein to anticipate pro- before ; see pro- 2. lambanein lēp- to take
- pro·lep′tic pro·lep′ti·cal
- (rhetoric) The assignment of something to a period of time that precedes it.
- (logic) The anticipation of an objection to an argument.
- (grammar, rhetoric) A construction that consists of placing an element in a syntactic unit before that to which it would logically correspond.
- (philosophy, epistemology) A so-called "preconception", i.e. a pre-theoretical notion which can lead to true knowledge of the world.
- (botany) Growth in which lateral branches develop from a lateral meristem, after the formation of a bud or following a period of dormancy, when the lateral meristem is split from a terminal meristem.
From Latin prolepsis, from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÏŒÎ»Î·ÏˆÎ¹Ï‚ (prolepsis, “preconception, anticipation"), from Ï€ÏÎ¿Î»Î±Î¼Î²Î¬Î½Ï‰ (prolambano, “take beforehand, anticipate")