Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Introductory; functioning as a preface or prolegomenon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preliminary; introductory; prefatory.
  • Given to making long exordiums or prefatory remarks.

Etymologies

From prolegomenon. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As we are now entering upon a book in which the course of our history will oblige us to relate some matters of a more strange and surprizing kind than any which have hitherto occurred, it may not be amiss, in the prolegomenous or introductory chapter, to say something of that species of writing which is called the marvellous.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • AS we are now entering upon a book in which the course of our history will oblige us to relate some matters of a more strange and surprizing kind than any which have hitherto occurred, it may not be amiss, in the prolegomenous or introductory chapter, to say something of that species of writing which is called the marvellous.

    I. A Wonderful Long Chapter Concerning the Marvellous. Book VIII

  • And yet while the curt, pithy speaker misses the point entirely, a wordy, prolegomenous babbler will often add three new offences in the process of excusing one.

    Truth of Intercourse

  • - According to what prolegomenous pedagogical model?

    Very Short Novels

  • Writing, "of which he regarded himself with justice as the founder and lawgiver; and in the" prolegomenous, or introductory Chapters "to each book -- those delightful resting-spaces where, as George Eliot says,

    Fielding

  • He believed that he foresaw a “new Province of Writing,” of which he regarded himself with justice as the founder and lawgiver; and in the “prolegomenous, or introductory Chapters” to each book — those delightful resting-spaces where, as George Eliot says, “he seems to bring his arm-chair to the proscenium and chat with us in all the lusty ease of his fine

    Fielding

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