prefiguration

Definitions of prefiguration
  1. noun
    the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
    synonyms: adumbration, foreshadowing
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    type of:
    anticipation, prediction, prevision
    the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
  2. noun
    an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come
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    type of:
    example, model
    a representative form or pattern
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