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Noun: prefiguration  pree,fi-g(y)u'rey-shun
  1. An example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come
  2. The act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
    - foreshadowing, adumbration

Derived forms: prefigurations

Type of: anticipation, example, model, prediction, prevision

Encyclopedia: Prefiguration