prefiguration

prefiguration

[pree-fig-yuh-rey-shuhn, pree-fig-]
noun
1.
the act of prefiguring.
2.
that in which something is prefigured.

Origin:
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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prefiguration (ˌpriːfɪɡəˈreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of prefiguring
2.  something that prefigures, such as a prototype
 
prefigurative
 
adj
 
prefiguratively
 
adv
 
prefigurativeness
 
n

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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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