Protasis

In drama, a protasis is the introductory part of a play, usually its first act. The term was coined by the fourth-century Roman grammarian Aelius Donatus. He defined a play as being made up of three separate parts, the other two being epitasis and catastrophe. In modern dramatic theory the term dramatic arc has substantially the same meaning,{fact...
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Protasis

• (n.) A proposition; a maxim. • (n.) The introductory or subordinate member of a sentence, generally of a conditional sentence; -- opposed to apodosis. See Apodosis. • (n.) The first part of a drama, of a poem, or the like; the introduction; opposed to epitasis.
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Protasis

(Gr. protasis, placed first) In Aristotle's logic a proposition, more particularly a proposition used as a premiss in a syllogism. -- G.R.M.
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Protasis

Prot'a·sis noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., from ... to stretch before, forward; ... before + ... to stretch.] 1. A proposition; a maxim. Johnson. 2. (Gram.) The introductory or subordinate member of a sentence, generally of a conditional sentence; -- opposed to a...
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protasis

first clause in a conditional expression; introductory part of a play
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