Pro*lep"sis (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. , from to take beforehand; before + to take.]

1. Rhet. (a)

A figure by which objections are anticipated or prevented.

Abp. Bramhall. (b)

A necessary truth or assumption; a first or assumed principle.

2. Chron.

An error in chronology, consisting in an event being dated before the actual time.

3. Gram.

The application of an adjective to a noun in anticipation, or to denote the result, of the action of the verb; as, to strike one dumb.

 

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