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English definition of “the exception that proves the rule”

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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.
Translations of “the exception that proves the rule”
in Chinese (Traditional) 反證規律的例外, 足以證明普遍性的例外…
in Chinese (Simplified) 反证规律的例外, 足以证明普遍性的例外…
(Definition of the exception that proves the rule from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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