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prefiguration

[pree-fig-yuh-rey-shuh n, pree-fig-] /priˌfɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən, ˌpri fɪg-/
noun
1.
the act of prefiguring.
2.
that in which something is prefigured.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English prefiguracioun < Late Latin praefigūrātiōn- (stem of praefigūrātiō), equivalent to praefigūrāt(us) (past participle of praefigūrāre to prefigure) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for prefiguration

prefiguration

/ˌpriːfɪɡəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of prefiguring
2.
something that prefigures, such as a prototype
Derived Forms
prefigurative, adjective
prefiguratively, adverb
prefigurativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prefiguration
prefiguration
late 14c., from L.L. præfigurationem (nom. præfiguratio), c.400, noun of action from præfigurare "to prefigure," from L. præ "before" + figurare "to form, shape" (see figure).
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