Pre`ter*i"tion [L. praeteritio: cf. F. pr'et'erition.]


The act of passing, or going past; the state of being past.

Bp. Hall.

2. Rhet.

A figure by which, in pretending to pass over anything, a summary mention of it is made; as, "I will not say, he is valiant, he is learned, he is just." Called also paraleipsis.

3. Law

The omission by a testator of some one of his heirs who is entitled to a portion.



© Webster 1913.

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