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Flashforward vs. Prolepsis

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Flashforwardnoun

(authorship) A dramatic device in which a future event is inserted into the normal chronological flow of a narrative.

Prolepsisnoun

(rhetoric) The assignment of something to a period of time that precedes it.

Flashforwardverb

To use this dramatic device.

Prolepsisnoun

(logic) The anticipation of an objection to an argument.

Flashforward

A flashforward (also spelled flash-forward, and more formally known as prolepsis) is a scene that temporarily takes the narrative forward in time from the current point of the story in literature, film, television and other media. Flashforwards are often used to represent events expected, projected, or imagined to occur in the future.

Prolepsisnoun

A construction that consists of placing an element in a syntactic unit before that to which it would logically correspond.

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Prolepsisnoun

A so-called "preconception", i.e. a pre-theoretical notion which can lead to true knowledge of the world.

Prolepsisnoun

(botany) Growth in which lateral branches develop from a lateral meristem, after the formation of a bud or following a period of dormancy, when the lateral meristem is split from a terminal meristem.

Prolepsisnoun

(authorship) The practice of placing information about the ending of a story near the beginning, as a literary device.

Prolepsisnoun

A figure by which objections are anticipated or prevented.

Prolepsisnoun

An error in chronology, consisting in an event being dated before the actual time.

Prolepsisnoun

The application of an adjective to a noun in anticipation, or to denote the result, of the action of the verb; as, to strike one dumb.

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Prolepsisnoun

anticipating and answering objections in advance

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