Proleptic

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Proleptic (Med) Anticipating the usual time; -- applied to a periodical disease whose paroxysms return at an earlier hour at every repetition.
    • Proleptic Of or pertaining to prolepsis; anticipative. "A far-seeing or proleptic wisdom."
    • Proleptic Previous; antecedent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • proleptic Pertaining to prolepsis or anticipation; anticipatory; antecedent.
    • proleptic Specifically — In medicine: Anticipating the usual time: noting a periodical disease whose paroxysm returns at an earlier hour at every recurrence.
    • proleptic Prognostic.
    • proleptic In rhetoric, implying prolepsis.
    • proleptic Axiomatic; of the nature of prolepsis.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. proleptique,

Usage

In literature:

Yet a proleptic instinct made him look forward.
"The Grey Room" by Eden Phillpotts
They were all ready to exclaim again: but I went on, proleptically, as a rhetorician would say, before their voices would break out into words.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
Notice the proleptic use.
"Cato Maior de Senectute" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
The adjective 'congealed' is used proleptically, the meaning being 'froze into a stone so that it was congealed.
"Milton's Comus" by John Milton
Did you know that my eyes were sparkling yet proleptically with the thought of old Rhenish?
"The Wine-ghosts of Bremen" by Wilhelm Hauff
Is Mr. Rossetti acquainted with the proleptic use of adjectives and participles?
"Ephemera Critica" by John Churton Collins
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