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preterition

in Roman law the failure of a testator to name one of his children in his will, thus invalidating it. See also CONDITIO SI TESTATOR SINE LIBERIS DECESSERIT.

PRETERITION, civil law. The omission by a testator of some one of his heirs who is entitled to a legitime, (q.v.) in the succession.
     2. Among the Romans, the preterition of children when made by the mother were presumed to have been made with design; the preterition of sons by any other testator was considered as a wrong and avoided the will, except the will of a soldier in service, which was not subject to so much form.

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La Fontaine's extensive use of preterition in Psyche has been interpreted in a variety of ways: whereas Michel Jeanneret claims that this technique renders Poliphile's discourse more integrated and uniform (242-43), Joan DeJean interprets it as narrative sadism (103-04).
Le mal (not just evil but also "what hurts") is history; and preterition, then, is the emblematic trope of human knowledge as it is of modern beauty, because it structures history as we experience it and describes knowledge as alienated.
2) Preterition (Latin "praeter-ire," to go out in front, to pass by) is the figure whereby a topic is acknowledged to be relevant and significant in the act of passing it over, whether for lack of time or space, or because of an inability to treat it adequately.
On a vu que La Franciade pouvait etre lue comme un voyage par preterition, c'est-a-dire d'un voyage qui reste a faire.
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Concerning Gautier's narrative coyness with respect to Madeleine and Rosette's lovemaking, I would argue that it is in fact an exemplary case of narrative preterition (a rhetorical figure which deemphasizes an implied topic on the explicit level precisely so as to lend it greater importance).
Such performative chatter is based on the structure of the preterition whose most classical example remains "I don't need to remind you that.
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All preteritions, aposiopesis, and silence must be regarded as figures signaling unpresentability.
Here and there, surprising preteritions testify to a lack of curiosity which seems an indifference toward the Other.