- 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 Ï€ÏÏŒÏ„Î±ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (protasis), from Ï€ÏÎ¿Ï„ÎµÎ¯Î½Ï‰ (proteino, “put forward, tender, propose"), from Ï€ÏÏŒ (pro) + Ï„ÎµÎ¯Î½Ï‰ (teino, “stretch").