preterition

See also: praeterition

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NounEdit

preterition (countable and uncountable, plural preteritions)

  1. The act of passing by, disregarding or omitting.
  2. A rhetorical device in which the speaker emphasizes something by omitting it.
    I do not intend to draw attention to my heroic military service; Instead, I will focus on the economy.
  3. (law) The failure of a testator to name a legal heir in his will.
Last modified on 26 August 2013, at 11:43