Definition of

Hysteron Proteron

  1. (noun, cognition) the logical fallacy of using as a true premise a proposition that is yet to be proved
  2. (noun, communication) reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in `bred and born')

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Alternate forms of Hysteron Proteron

Hypernyms: logical fallacy, rhetorical device

Origin of the word Hysteron Proteron

  1. 1565, from L.L., from Gk., lit. "the latter (put as) the former." A figure of speech in which what should come last is put first, from hysteron, neut. of hysteros "latter, second, after" (from PIE *ud-tero-, from base *ud- "up, out;" see out) + proteron, neut. of proteros "former." more

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