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

Examples of counterexample in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And now the pandemic has served up a counterexample of how the government can, in fact, be helpful. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 25 June 2021 At a special event held in Paris on May 24, 2000, the institute announced a prize of $1 million for each solution or counterexample that would effectively resolve one of these problems for the first time. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, 28 May 2021 For Ardelia Mapp, the secret is not just the burden of discrimination that the FBI places on all its Black agents, but the need to use Clarice as a counterexample to make the Black Coalition’s lawsuit against the Bureau stick. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 13 May 2021 In the face of these efforts to further squeeze workers, Los Deliveristas are offering a counterexample of a potential upsurge of low-wage worker organizing, stretching from Mexico, Brazil, China, and Taiwan. Luis Feliz Leon, The New Republic, 30 Apr. 2021 And of course, that means it’s not a counterexample at all. Quanta Magazine, 26 Apr. 2021 However, there’s one exceptional counterexample: the most distant galaxy ever discovered, GN-z11. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 The Hantzsche-Wendt group seemed like a fruitful place to search for a counterexample to the unit conjecture. Quanta Magazine, 12 Apr. 2021 Jack Avedon thought his son was soft and overly sensitive, and provided a grim counterexample by dumping Avedon’s mother and refusing to support her. Scott Eyman, WSJ, 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of counterexample

1809, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterexample.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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