Definition of Preterition

1. Noun. Suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted.

Exact synonyms: Paraleipsis, Paralepsis, Paralipsis
Generic synonyms: Rhetorical Device



Definition of Preterition

1. n. The act of passing, or going past; the state of being past.

Definition of Preterition

1. Noun. The act of passing by, disregarding or omitting. ¹

2. Noun. A rhetorical device in which the speaker emphasizes something by omitting it. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) The failure of a testator to name a legal heir in his will. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Preterition

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preterimperfects
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preterit
preterite
preterite-present verb
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preterition (current term)
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Literary usage of Preterition

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1. The Works of Sir Walter Ralegh, Kt by Walter Raleigh, William Oldys, Thomas Birch (1829)
"I. A preterition of some questions less material; with a note of the use of this question, to find out the metropolis of nations. ..."

2. The Primitive Doctrine of Election, Or, An Historical Inquiry Into the by George Stanley Faber (1842)
"According to this subdued arrangement, Reprobation, either by a studied silence, or under the modestly cautious name of preterition, is kept out of sight: ..."

3. Dogmatic Theology by William Greenough Thayer Shedd (1888)
"Biblical proof of preterition ? Definition of national and individual ... Is individual preterition compatible with national election? Texts? ..."

4. The Civil Law in Its Natural Order by Jean Domat (1850)
"preterition of Children hath the same Effect as ... The preterition of parents in the testaments of their children, to whom they have a right to succeed if ..."

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