He had no innate sense of tragedy or preterition or complex binds or any of the things that made human beings' misfortunes significant to one another.
-- David Foster Wallace, Oblivion, 2004
I am a liar (by preterition), not an actor.
-- Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse, 1977
From the Latin stem praeterit- meaning "to go past," preterition first entered English at the turn of the sixteenth century. While the rhetorical and theological senses were present from the beginning, it took another 100 years for the legal sense to arise in the English language.