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1. The act of passing by, disregarding, or omitting.
2. Law The failure of a testator to provide for a legal heir in his or her will.
3. Christianity The Calvinist doctrine that God neglected to designate those who would be damned, positively determining only the elect.

[Late Latin praeteritiō, praeteritiōn-, a passing over, from Latin praeteritus, past participle of praeterīre, to go by; see preterite.]


1. the act of passing over or omitting
2. (Law) Roman law the failure of a testator to name one of his children in his will, thus invalidating it
3. (Theology) (in Calvinist theology) the doctrine that God passed over or left unpredestined those not elected to final salvation
[C17: from Late Latin praeteritiō a passing over]
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Noun1.preterition - suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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Futurus/Fututus: Future Perfect and Preterition in Finnegans Wake', in Kucala & Bazarnik, pp.
Le souci et la sollicitation", this anxiety and the shaking of the conventional novelistic form and content, which variously is evident in the whole of the Coetzee corpus, when "on percoit la structure dans l'instance de la menace, au moment ou l'imminence du peril concentre nos regards sur la clef de voute d'une institution, sur la pierre ou se resument sa possibilite et sa fragilite" (Derrida 1967a: 13), foregrounds the "possibility and the fragility" of the craft of the novel, and the more deliberate preterition of traditional protocols in Elizabeth Costello (2003) continued its work, its ergon, in Slow Man (2005), although in a muted form.
Contemporary liberalism habitually sees the average person as condemned to preterition, helplessly enthralled by his reactionary "middle class" ideology, and as embodying an insufferable scandal to his sanctified other.