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prae-mĕtŭo , 3, v. n. and
I. Neutr., to fear or be in fear beforehand (very rare): “mens,Lucr. 3, 1019: Caesar praemetuens suis, fearing for, anxious about his men, * Caes. B. G. 7, 49, 1.—
II. Act., to fear something beforehand: poenas Danaum et deserti conjugis iras, * Verg. A. 2, 573: dum praemetuit cultus inolescere Christi, Prud. ap. Symm. 2, 681.—Hence, praemĕtŭ-ens , entis, P. a., fearing beforehand; with gen. obj.: “ovis praemetuens doli,Phaedr. 1, 16, 4.—* Adv.: praemĕtŭenter , anxiously, solicitously: “errorem vitare,Lucr. 4, 823.
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