exception that proves the rule

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A form of argument in which the existence of a counterexample to a rule is used to demonstrate the fact that a rule exists.


  • It is derived from the medieval Latin legal principle: exceptio probat regulam in casibus non exceptis.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'exception that proves the rule':

exception that proves the ruleThe rare occurrence of a counterexample to a rule, used to underscore that the rule exists
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Ausnahme, die die Regel bestätigt

escepto, kiu pruvas la regulon

excepción que prueba la regla

exception qui prouve la règle

eccezione che dimostra la regola


исключение, которое подтверждает правило

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