Etymology
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prefiguration (n.)

"a figuring beforehand, antecedent representation by similitude," late 14c., prefiguracioun, from Late Latin praefigurationem (nominative praefiguratio) "a figuring beforehand," noun of action from past-participle stem of praefigurare "to prefigure" (see prefigure).

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Definitions of prefiguration

prefiguration (n.)
an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come;
prefiguration (n.)
the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand;
Synonyms: foreshadowing / adumbration
From wordnet.princeton.edu