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hysteron proteron
A figure of speech that reverses the natural order of words or clauses.

An example: "Is your father well?" Is he yet alive?"

2. A figure of speech in which what should follow comes first; or an inversion of the natural or logical order.
3. That form of fallacy in which someone asserts a consequent and then infers the antecedent.
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