Pronunciation: (prō-lep'sis), [key]
—pl. -sesPronunciation: (-sēz). [key]
1. Rhet.the anticipation of possible objections in order to answer them in advance.
2. the assigning of a person, event, etc., to a period earlier than the actual one; the representation of something in the future as if it already existed or had occurred; prochronism.
3. the use of a descriptive word in anticipation of its becoming applicable.
4. a fundamental conception or assumption in Epicureanism or Stoicism arising spontaneously in the mind without conscious reflection; thought provoked by sense perception.
5. Pathol.the return of an attack of a periodic disease or of a paroxysm before the expected time or at progressively shorter intervals.
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