Definition of preterition in English:

preterition

noun

  • 1The action of passing over or disregarding a matter, especially the rhetorical technique of mentioning something by professing to omit it.

    • ‘the favourite rhetorical trope of the historical novelists is preterition, saying that you are not going to say something and thereby saying it’
  • 2(in Calvinist theology) the state of not being predestined to salvation.

Pronunciation

preterition

/ˌpredəˈriSH(ə)n/ /ˌprɛdəˈrɪʃ(ə)n/

Origin

Late 16th century from late Latin praeteritio(n-), from praeterire ‘pass, go by’.