Preterition meaning

prĕt'ə-rĭsh'ən
The act of passing by, disregarding, or omitting.
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The failure of a testator to provide for a legal heir in his or her will.
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The Calvinist doctrine that God neglected to designate those who would be damned, positively determining only the elect.
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A passing over; omission.
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An omitting of one or more legal heirs from a will.
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The passing over by God of those not elect.
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The act of passing by, disregarding or omitting.
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A rhetorical device in which the speaker emphasizes something by omitting it.

I do not intend to draw attention to my heroic military service; Instead, I will focus on the economy.

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(law) The failure of a testator to name a legal heir in his will.
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Origin of preterition

  • Late Latin praeteritiō praeteritiōn- a passing over from Latin praeteritus past participle of praeterīre to go by preterite
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition