Prot"a*sis (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. , fr. to stretch before, forward; before + to stretch.]


A proposition; a maxim.


2. Gram.

The introductory or subordinate member of a sentence, generally of a conditional sentence; -- opposed to apodosis. See Apodosis.


The first part of a drama, of a poem, or the like; the introduction; opposed to epitasis.

B. Jonson.


© Webster 1913.

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