coun·​ter·​in·​stance ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈin(t)-stən(t)s How to pronounce counterinstance (audio)
variants or counter-instance
plural counterinstances or counter-instances
: a case that contradicts a rule, theory, etc. : exception sense 2
But in science and philosophy, few things are more prized than a clear counter-instance to a putative law or a prospective definition.Toni Vogel Carey

Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterinstance was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Counterinstance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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