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n. pl. prot·a·ses (-sēz′)
1. Grammar The dependent clause of a conditional sentence, as if it rains in The game will be canceled if it rains.
2. The first part of an ancient Greek or Roman drama, in which the characters and subject are introduced.
[Late Latin, proposition, first part of a play, from Greek, premise of a syllogism, conditional clause, from proteinein, prota-, to propose : pro-, forward; see pro-2 + teinein, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]
pro·tat′ic (prŏ-tăt′ĭk, prō-) adj.
n, pl -ses (-siːz)
1. (Logic) logic grammar the antecedent of a conditional statement, such as if it rains in if it rains the game will be cancelled. Compare apodosis
2. (Theatre) (in classical drama) the introductory part of a play
[C17: via Latin from Greek: a proposal, from pro- before + teinein to extend]
prot•a•sis(ˈprɒt ə sɪs)
n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
1. the clause expressing the condition in a conditional sentence, in English usu. beginning with if. Compare apodosis.
2. the first part of an ancient drama, in which the characters are introduced.
Classical Drama, the first part of a play, when the characters are introduced. Cf. epitasis. See also grammar; wisdom. — protatic, adj.See also: Drama
a clause containing the condition in a conditional sentence. Cf. apodosis. See also drama; wisdom and foolishness. — protatic, adj.See also: Grammar