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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out of chronological order or out of date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).
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.
Ever since anachronical compartmentalizations were overcome, proper of a way of thinking of a past which no longer exists, and one came to recognize the convergences between the three regimes of protection of the rights of the human person, namely, the International Law of Refugees, International Humanitarian Law and the International Law of Human Rights.