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  • adv. In a proleptic manner; anticipatorily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a proleptical manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • By prolepsis; in a proleptic manner; by way of anticipation.


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proleptic +‎ -ally


  • Abram next pitched his tent near "Bethel," here so called proleptically, see Ge 28: 19.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • By means of temporal entanglement with just a little Robinsonian hand-waving, Galileo is brought "proleptically" forward to lend his prestige to the debate over what to do.

    Covering Covers: Galileo's Dream

  • "proleptically," and the court saw in the very word another proof of the clerk's masterly official genius.

    Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers

  • Shelley's life/writings proleptically redesign Freudian accounts of the pre-Oedipal, the literary dimensions of phantasy, and the alleged passivity of girls.

    Attached to Reading: Mary Shelley's Psychical Reality

  • A mediating position interprets the command to marry the immoral Gomer proleptically (after the fact): Gomer was chaste at the time of marriage, but subsequently became unfaithful to Hosea as an adulteress, a common harlot, or a temple prostitute.

    Gomer: Bible.

  • What this play calls “history,” then, is an activity that explodes any continuum between a present, a past that would make the present possible, and a future that the present proleptically (and later retrospectively) grounds.

    Patriot Acts: The Political Language of Henrich von Kleist

  • But Mr. Goldberg is eager to see everything in a simplifying, Manichean way: All that is not libertarian is at least proleptically fascist.

    Their Friend, the State

  • Who but Ms. Kuczynski would have noticed that Hemingway proleptically described what we recognize today as a bad face-lift?

    Miracle Makeovers: Nip-and-Tuck Unpacked

  • 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 Harlowe

  • So that, literally speaking, as a good man would infer, guilt is its own punisher: in that it makes the most lofty spirit look like the miscreant he is — a good man, I say: So, Jack, proleptically I add, thou hast no right to make the observation.

    Clarissa Harlowe


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  • They were all ready to exclaim again: but I went on, proleptically, as a rhetorician would say, before their voices could break out into words.

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    January 9, 2008