metachronism

Related to metachronism: Parachronism, prolepsis

metachronism

(mɛˈtækrəˌnɪzəm)
n
a chronological error, esp one in which an event is assigned to a date later than its occurrence
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metachronism

a chronological error in which an event is assigned a date after its real one. Cf. parachronism.metachronic, adj.
See also: Time
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