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English definition of “the exception that proves the rule”

the exception that proves the rule

something that emphasizes the general truth of a statement by disagreeing with it: Most company directors are middle-aged men, but this 28-year-old woman is an exception that proves the rule.Different and differenceExceptional qualities, things and people
(Definition of the exception that proves the rule from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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