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n. pl. pro·le·gom·e·na (-nə)
1. A preliminary discussion, especially a formal essay introducing a work of considerable length or complexity.
2. prolegomena(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Prefatory remarks or observations.
[Greek, from neuter present passive participle of prolegein, to say beforehand : pro-, before; see pro-2 + legein, to speak; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -na (-nə)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (often plural) a preliminary discussion, esp a formal critical introduction to a lengthy text
[C17: from Greek, from prolegein, from pro-2 + legein to say]
ˌproleˈgomenal, ˌproleˈgomenary, ˌproleˈgomenous adj
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pro•le•gom•e•non(ˌproʊ lɪˈgɒm əˌnɒn, -nən)
n., pl. -na (-nə).
a preliminary or introductory commentary, esp. a scholarly preface or introduction to a book.
[1645–55; < New Latin < Greek prolegómenon, neuter pass. present participle of prolégein to say beforehand]
pro`le•gom′e•nous (-nəs) adj.
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a preliminary rem ark or introduction, as to a speech; the foreword to a book or treatise. — prolegomenary, prolegomenous, adj.See also: Books
a preliminary remark or introduction, as to a speech; the foreword to a book or treatise. — prolegomenary, prolegomenous, adj.See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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introduction - the first section of a communication
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