counterinstance

noun coun·ter·in·stance \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈin(t)-stən(t)s \
variants: or counter-instance

Definition of counterinstance

plural counterinstances or counter-instances
: a case that contradicts a rule, theory, etc. : exception 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

First Known Use of counterinstance

1847

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