- Drama the opening of a play, in which the characters are introduced
- Gram. the clause that expresses the condition in a conditional sentence
Origin of protasisLate Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from proteinein, to stretch before, present ; from pro-, before + teinein, to stretch: see thin
- Grammar The dependent clause of a conditional sentence, as if it rains in The game will be canceled if it rains.
- The first part of an ancient Greek or Roman drama, in which the characters and subject are introduced.
Origin of protasisLate Latin, proposition, first part of a play, from Greek, premise of a syllogism, conditional clause, from proteinein, prota-, to propose : pro-, forward; see pro–2 + teinein, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
From Late Latin, from Ancient Greek πρότασις (protasis), from προτείνω (proteino, “put forward, tender, propose”), from πρό (pro) + τείνω (teino, “stretch”).