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  • noun physics, mathematics A two-valued operator that is used to model hysteresis


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  • The transgression across the threshold is nothing else but this hysteron proteron, this "crazy" reversal of the order of time: what is 'later' (hysteron) in time (here the realization or finding of the Self) has to be proteron, 'earlier,' 'prior'; it has to be the precondition of a search for the Self.

    Romanticism, Alchemy, and Psychology

  • Or, taking hêxioun in a different sense, and repeating it before kai ote hysteron: 'For they had been constantly requesting them, as they said, to remain neutral in the times before the war, ... and they had repeated the request when just before the siege they had made to them a proposal,' &c.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • But in the narration of Moses there is a hysteron proteron.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • They who, in this place, affirm that the figure hysteron proteron, which puts the last first, is used, are moved by the consideration, that if Joseph had been born after the last of his brethren, the age which Moses records in Genesis 41: 46, would not accord with the fact.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • But in this narrative there is a hysteron proteron, (a putting of the last first,) for Moses first relates the fact, and then subjoins that Jacob had attempted nothing but by the command of God.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • The death of Isaac is not related in its proper order, as will soon appear from the connection of the history: but, as we have elsewhere seen, the figure hysteron proteron was familiar to Moses.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • Some suppose that a hysteron proteron [316] is here employed, and that what Moses is afterwards about to relate concerning the building of the tower was prior in the order of time.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • _ -- This _hysteron proteron_ is by no means uncommon: its meaning is, of course, the same as live and die, _i.e. _ subsist from the cradle to the grave:

    Notes and Queries, Number 188, June 4, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

  • I recall how often I have felt a thrill of pride as I have ladled out deliberative subjunctives, ethical datives, and hysteron proteron to my

    Reveries of a Schoolmaster

  • Considered essentially a disease of women, it was given its present name which is derived from ` ` hysteron, '' the Greek name for the womb.

    The Foundations of Personality


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