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hysteron proteron


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A figure of speech in which the natural or rational order of its terms is reversed, as in bred and born instead of born and bred.
  • n. The logical fallacy of assuming as true and using as a premise a proposition that is yet to be proved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A figure of speech in which a phrase that should come last is put first; hysterology.
  • n. An inversion or reversal of the natural order of things.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A figure in which the natural order of sense is reversed; hysterology.”
  • An inversion of logical order, in which the conclusion is put before the premises, or the thing proved before the evidence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In rhetoric, a figure by which what should come last in order of time or of logical sequence is introduced first, and vice versa; a transposition of words involving an inversion of the natural and logical order of events or subjects.
  • n. In logic, the fallacy which consists in offering as a proof of what is really an axiom some theorem which can be proved only by means of that axiom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the logical fallacy of using as a true premise a proposition that is yet to be proved
  • n. reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in `bred and born')


Late Latin, from Greek husteron proteron, latter first : husteron, neuter sing. of husteros, latter, later; see ud- in Indo-European roots + proteron, neuter sing. of proteros, former; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)


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