Restrictio (re-strik’-ti-o): Making an exception to a previously made statement. Restricting or limiting what has already been said.
I told you yesterday that we have to be frugal—save our money and live simply. Well, maybe that’s too money conscious, and anyway, I bought a parrot this morning. So, starting tomorrow, let’s start our frugality campaign. We can start by cancelling all your subscriptions and credit card, and I’ll keep thinking about what I can do, and don’t forget, I’ve got to feed this hungry parrot. Also, I may need to get hm a friend if he gets lonely.
Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).
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