Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Preterition'
n : suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of
significance is omitted [syn: paralepsis, paraleipsis,
- Preterition \Pre`ter*i"tion\ (?; 277), n. [L. praeteritio: cf.
- The act of passing, or going past; the state of being past. --Bp. Hall.
- (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.
- (Law) The omission by a testator of some one of his heirs who is entitled to a portion. --Bouvier.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Preterition'
Apophasis (Late Latin, from Greek ἀπόφασις from ἀποφάναι - apophanai, "to say no") refers, in general, to "mention by not mentioning". Apophasis covers a wide variety of figures of speech.
Apophasis was originally and more broadly a method of logical reasoning or argument by denial — a way of describing what something is by explaining what it is not, or a process-of-elimination way of talking about something by talking about what it is not.
A useful inductive technique when given a limited universe of possibilities, the exclusion of all but the one remaining is affirmation through negation. The familiar guessing-game of Twenty Questions is an example of apophatic inquiry.
This sense has generally fallen into disuse and is frequently overlooked, although it is still current in certain contexts, such as mysticism and negative theology.[See more about Preterition at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]