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exception that proves the rule

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  • n. A form of argument in which the existence of a counterexample to a rule is used to demonstrate the fact that a rule exists.
  • n. The rare occurrence of a counterexample to a rule, used to underscore that the rule exists

Etymologies

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It is derived from the medieval Latin legal principle: exceptio probat regulam in casibus non exceptis (the exception confirms the rule in the cases not excepted).

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