coun·​ter·​ex·​am·​ple | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ig-ˌzam-pəl How to pronounce counterexample (audio) \

Definition of counterexample

: an example that refutes or disproves a proposition or theory

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By Douglas Rushkoff Norton, 243 pages, $23.95 The book, indeed, rarely pauses to consider pesky counterexamples to such grand claims. Steven Poole, WSJ, "‘Team Human’ Review: Users of the World, Unite!," 25 Jan. 2019 But for every example of democracy fading out or finding itself under attack, there are counterexamples of democracy and democratic activists moving forward and finding solutions. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 Google’s Pixelbook and the family of Chromebook devices from traditional PC makers give a great counterexample to the overbearing Windows experience. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Isn’t it time we declared our independence from bloatware?," 4 July 2018 Robin Zabiegalski, a 31-year-old writer who lives in Vermont, is a notable counterexample. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Should You Stay Friends With an Ex? Here's What Experts Say," 10 July 2018 Perhaps the sole counterexample is the sanctions that Congress overwhelmingly voted to impose on Russia for its election hack. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Trump’s Russia policy is an incoherent mess," 2 Apr. 2018 Bell meant graduate students who did Prize-worthy work but lost the Nobel, unfortunately, there are many counterexamples to her assertion. Brian Keating, WIRED, "There's Nothing Noble about Science’s Nobel Prize Gender Gap," 27 May 2018 Standing as a counterexample to the European delusion is Israel—a nation state, in which religion plays a significant part, which is successful despite war, terror and the stress of absorbing millions of immigrants. Reuven Brenner, WSJ, "The Roots of Anti-Semitism," 10 May 2018 As a counterexample, the Pittsburgh winger motions across the locker room toward captain Sidney Crosby, whose rotating cast of linemates often lends itself to visual instruction. Alex Prewitt,, "For NHL Teams and Players, iPads Have Become an Important Part of the Game," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of counterexample

1809, in the meaning defined above

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