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Meaning of HYSTERON PROTERON

Pronunciation:  'histu`rân 'prâtu`rân

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the logical fallacy of using as a true premise a proposition that is yet to be proved
  2. [n]  reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in `bred and born')
 
 See Also: logical fallacy, rhetorical device

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Hys"te*ron prot"e*ron\ [NL., fr. Gr. ? the
latter, following + ? before, others, sooner.] (Rhet.)
(a) A figure in which the natural order of sense is reversed;
    hysterology; as, valet atque vivit, ``he is well and
    lives.''
(b) An inversion of logical order, in which the conclusion is
    put before the premises, or the thing proved before the
    evidence.

 
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