|n.||1.||The act of passing, or going past; the state of being past.|
|2.||(Rhet.) A figure by which, in pretending to pass over anything, a summary mention of it is made; |
|3.||(Law) The omission by a testator of some one of his heirs who is entitled to a portion.|
|Noun||1.||preterition - suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted|
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.