Preterition

Definition of Preterition

Pre`ter`i´tion
n.1.The act of passing, or going past; the state of being past.
2.(Rhet.) A figure by which, in pretending to pass over anything, a summary mention of it is made; as, "I will not say, he is valiant, he is learned, he is just." Called also paraleipsis.
3.(Law) The omission by a testator of some one of his heirs who is entitled to a portion.

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paraleipsis, paralepsis, paralipsis, rhetorical device
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