The anachronistic representation of something as existing before its proper or historical time, as in the precolonial United States.
The anticipation and answering of an objection or argument before one's opponent has put it forward.
- 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.
(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.
Origin of prolepsis
- Late Latin prolēpsis from Greek from prolambanein to anticipate pro- before pro–2 lambanein lēp- to take
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin prolepsis, from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÏŒÎ»Î·ÏˆÎ¹Ï‚ (prolepsis, “preconception, anticipation"), from Ï€ÏÎ¿Î»Î±Î¼Î²Î¬Î½Ï‰ (prolambano, “take beforehand, anticipate")