noun, plural protases [prot-uh-seez] .
the clause expressing the condition in a conditional sentence, in English usually beginning with if. Compare apodosis.
the first part of an ancient drama, in which the characters are introduced and the subject is proposed. Compare catastasis, catastrophe ( def 4 ), epitasis.
(in Aristotelian logic) a proposition, especially one used as a premise in a syllogism.

1610–20; < Late Latin: introduction in a drama < Greek prótasis proposition, literally, a stretching forward, equivalent to pro- pro-2 + tásis a stretching (ta-, verbid stem of teínein to stretch + -sis -sis) Unabridged
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protasis (ˈprɒtəsɪs)
n , pl -ses
1.  logic, grammar Compare apodosis the antecedent of a conditional statement, such as it rains in if it rains the game will be cancelled
2.  (in classical drama) the introductory part of a play
[C17: via Latin from Greek: a proposal, from pro- before + teinein to extend]

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