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Discrepancy between the chronological order of events and the order in which they are related in a plot.

an′a·chron′ic (ăn′ə-krŏn′ĭk) adj.


(ˌænəˈkrɒnɪk) or


out of chronological order or out of date
[C19: see anachronism]
ˌanaˈchronically adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.anachronic - chronologically misplacedanachronic - chronologically misplaced; "English public schools are anachronistic"
asynchronous - not synchronous; not occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase
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The Oath of the Physicians of Russia tried to restore old values that were absent in the Soviet Union, making the oath, in Tichtchenko's opinion, sometimes anachronical (17).
In this context, and leaving aside the anachronical reading of 'ideological instrumentalization,' the Jesuit Giovanni Botero's affirmation in his Della ragione di Stato (1589) makes full sense:
As a character's conscious mind turns from the unitary succession of time to these anachronical distractions, the character is portrayed as attempting to "leap" through external time in these moments of displaced consciousness.