counterexample

[koun-ter-ig-zam-puh l, -zahm-]

noun

an example that refutes an assertion or claim.

Nearby words

  1. countercurrent,
  2. countercyclical,
  3. counterearth,
  4. countereconomy,
  5. counterespionage,
  6. counterextension,
  7. counterfactual,
  8. counterfeit,
  9. counterfeiting,
  10. counterfoil

Origin of counterexample

First recorded in 1955–60; counter- + example

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British Dictionary definitions for counterexample

counterexample

noun

an example or fact that is inconsistent with a hypothesis and may be used in argument against it
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