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Example is better than precept demonstration is more effective than advice. The saying is recorded in English from the early 15th century, but the idea is found earlier in Latin in the ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (5 ed.)

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... A particular instance of a generalized statement. A counter‐example will disprove a generalized claim, but examples do not provide proof. For example, the number of chords created by joining n distinct points in a circle is 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 for n =1, 2, 3, 4, 5 which are in the form 2 n −1 but for n =6, there are 31 chords produced, so the general expression cannot be 2 n −1 . In fact it requires a quartic...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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... ; exemplar ; ✳exemplum ; exemplification . Example , of course, is the general term. Exemplar = an ideal or typical example. E.g.: “The artist [Carl von Marr], regarded as his era's foremost exemplar of German academic realism, was born to German immigrants in Milwaukee in 1858 and died in Munich in 1936 .” James Auer , “West Bend Gallery Buys Massive Oil,” Milwaukee J. Sentinel , 30 Nov. 1995 , at 8. The Latin ✳exemplum is usually a needless variant of example —e.g.: • “From Caesar's murder on, however, he is an exemplum [read ...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...Analects ch. 7, v. 21; tr. Arthur Waley Example is always more efficacious than precept. Samuel Johnson 1709 – 84 English poet , critic , and lexicographer Rasselas (1759) ch. 30 example is always more efficacious more efficacious than precept Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. Mark Twain 1835 – 1910 American writer Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) ch. 19 annoyance of a good example annoyance of a good example Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? Oscar ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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... (παράδειγμα) was considered by ancient rhetoricians as a trope ( Martin , Rhetorik 262), based on the juxtaposition of objects and aimed at exhortation or dissuasion; unlike the parable , examples dealt with actual phenomena and not with possible ones ( RhetGr , ed. Spengel , 3:200.21–201.2). The church fathers frequently used examples to clarify subtle theological concepts, such as illustrating the Trinity by means of the sun and its rays, or demonstrating the existence of two natures in Christ by the example of the human soul and body. Leontios of...

example where

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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... where , long thought to be stylistically inferior to example in which , is now the predominant phrasing in AmE and BrE alike. Some editors mourn this linguistic fact. But it's a fact. See where...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (3 ed.)

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...example Any example which is taken to show that a proposed rule or principle is wrong or must be qualified. E.g. examples like ‘She was sure that he would never fall in love with herself’ (Trollope) would be counter‐examples to a proposed universal principle by which a reflexive in a finite clause ( he would never fall in love with herself ) can never have an antecedent ( she ) outside that...

query by example

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A Dictionary of Computer Science (7 ed.)

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...by example ( QBE ) 1. A screen-based form-filling user interface to a relational database . The user fills in visual tables with conditions and examples, and the appropriate database query is constructed and run behind the scenes. 2. (in information retrieval) An interface in which the user submits examples and the software performs a search based on some measure of...

speckled hen example

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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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...hen example An example used to cause problems for theories analysing perception in terms of sense data . If perception is thought of as producing an internal mental ‘picture’ of the external world, then an internal image of a speckled hen should contain a definite number or configuration of speckles, just as a photograph would. But, according to the argument, experience involves no such...

counter-example, philosophy by

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The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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Philosophy
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...example, philosophy by . A strategy for showing that a philosophical assertion is false and generating data to be taken into account in working toward true assertions on the topic. A counter-example to the claim that all A's are B's is an example of an A that is not a B. A counter-example to the claim that something is an A if and only if it is a B is an example of an A that is not a B or an example of a B that is not an A. When something is asserted to be necessarily true, as in conceptual analysis, mere possibilities may serve as counter-examples....

ball of wax example

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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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Philosophy
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...of wax example The example Descartes uses in the second Meditation to show what is essential to bodies. The ball of wax brought near to the fire changes in its sensible properties, but remains the same substance. The only property abiding through all the other changes is extension, which is therefore confirmed as the one essential property of...

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