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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Recent Examples on the Web Laws of nature, by contrast, are products of induction, patterns of occurrence derived from observation; one solid counterexample would break them for good. Timothy Farrington, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 Yet the most poignant Cheney counterexample may come not from the world of politics but from that of media: Carlson. Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 The best counterexample is 1987, when the stock market crashed in October but the economy continued to grow steadily. Josh Mitchell, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Haitian emancipation is often seen as the one great counterexample to the gradual emancipations of this period. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, 15 Apr. 2022 But the long-term success of EVE Online's economy serves as a key counterexample, proving that NFTs are unnecessary for the creation of a stable in-game value exchange between players. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 12 Apr. 2022 The rare counterexample is that fabulous Fleabag episode in which Kristin Scott Thomas goes off on the merits of menopause and the revolutionary concept of looking forward to it. Tara Ellison, Vogue, 28 Jan. 2022 Millies points to the counterexample of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), another prominent Catholic, who has declined to halt 18 executions on his watch since Pope Francis increased the church's official opposition to capital punishment. Peter Weber, The Week, 21 June 2021 To many, the decision looked like a rare conservative victory in the culture war — a salutary counterexample to corporate America’s broader leftward trend. Nate Hochman, National Review, 3 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of counterexample

1809, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterexample.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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