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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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