noun (protas, es)
- the first part of a play, in which the setting and characters are introduced
Etymology: Latin protasisLatin, protasis, from Greek , from "put forward, tender", from â + "stretch".
- 1922: It doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in another, repeats itself, , epitasis, catastasis, catastrophe. " James Joyce, Ulysses
- the antecedent in a conditional sentence
- example: In, "I will be coming if this weather holds up", "this weather holds up" is the
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