counterinstance

noun
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

Definition of counterinstance

: 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

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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