Definition of prolegomenon in English:


Line breaks: pro¦leg|om¦enon
Pronunciation: /ˌprəʊlɪˈɡɒmɪnən

noun (plural prolegomena)

A critical or discursive introduction to a book: a prolegomenon to the second part the prolegomena to the enquiry
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  • After some elaborate prolegomena, the book follows a calendrical sequence, each poem dated and grouped by month so that the events of a hundred years follow a seasonal ebb and flow, not chronology.
  • We have been attending to ‘exists’ and ‘is’ not for their own sake but purely as a prolegomenon to an ontological question, namely, that of existence.
  • This first chapter is a necessary prolegomenon, but for the casual reader or one unfamiliar with the issues, it would prove hard going.


mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek, passive present participle (neuter) of prolegein 'say beforehand', from pro 'before' + legein 'say'.




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