Prolegomenon definition

prōlĭ-gŏmə-nŏn, -nən
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A preliminary statement or essay; foreword.
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A preliminary discussion, especially a formal essay introducing a work of considerable length or complexity.
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Prefatory remarks or observations.
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A preliminary remark.
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(usually in the plural) A prefatory discussion; a formal essay or critical discussion serving to introduce and interpret an extended work.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
prolegomenon
Plural:
prolegomena

Origin of prolegomenon

  • Greek from neuter present passive participle of prolegein to say beforehand pro- before pro–2 legein to speak leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek προλεγομένων (prolegomenon) referring to an introduction.

    From Wiktionary