Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to prolepsis or anticipation; anticipatory; antecedent.
- Specifically — In medicine: Anticipating the usual time: noting a periodical disease whose paroxysm returns at an earlier hour at every recurrence.
- In rhetoric, implying prolepsis.
- Axiomatic; of the nature of prolepsis.
- adj. Of a calendar, extrapolated to dates prior to its first adoption; of those used to adjust to or from the Julian calendar or Gregorian calendar.
- adj. Describes an event as having been assigned too early a date.
- adj. rhetoric Anticipating and answering objections before they have been raised; procataleptic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- prolepsis + -ic (Wiktionary)
“That's just called proleptic writing, and it's been around since, what, the times of the Ancient Greeks?”
“This offered an uncannily accurate definition of the adjective 'proleptic' – attempting to come to terms with something that has yet to happen, or, to put it more cynically, getting your retaliation in first.”
“The right likes to pretend it didn't lose; the center flatters itself that it's where all the vital action is; and at least some of the left is habituated to a kind of proleptic-disappointment mode, ready to jump ship two months before it sails.”
“Furthermore, their ideological interest in his doing so became his own over time and fully congruent with the atheistic triumphalism in Huxley's words of proleptic appreciation for the Origin: ‘You have killed God, Sir.’”
“Instead of books the public is offered conformity via four-wall TV, with the sound piped directly into their heads via shell-shaped earbuds a brilliant proleptic leap on the part of Bradbury.”
“While he was downstairs preparing for the universally known ending which lends any Passion theatre such a strange proleptic tension, I was still working out how we were going to get there.”
“Potentiality would in this sense be not proleptic, but, again, a present force in consciousness.”
“Ratiophobia, a label that herein fits, fits your own evasiveness and demonizing proleptic rhetoric.”
“So, in the various Romantic precedents we find here, we can name Romantic psychic organization as the site of a profoundly productive ambivalence, at once foundational and proleptic.”
“Drama, the Trauerspiel replaces the tragic agon, in which the hero is symbolically clenched in a silence proleptic of a language still to come.”
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