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1. The act of representing, suggesting, or imagining in advance.
2. Something that prefigures; a foreshadowing.


1. the act of prefiguring
2. something that prefigures, such as a prototype
preˈfigurative adj
preˈfiguratively adv
preˈfigurativeness n


(priˌfɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən, ˌpri fɪg-)

1. the act of prefiguring.
2. that in which something is prefigured.
[1350–1400; < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prefiguration - an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come
example, model - a representative form or pattern; "I profited from his example"
2.prefiguration - the act of providing vague advance indicationsprefiguration - the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
prediction, anticipation, prevision - the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)


[ˌpriːfɪgəˈreɪʃən] Nprefiguración f
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