Definition of the exception proves the rule in English:

the exception proves the rule


  • The fact that some cases do not follow a rule proves that the rule applies in all other cases.

    • ‘That is the one part where the exception proves the rule.’
    • ‘Regarding the previous posting about the Washington Post OpEd, one could counter with ‘the exception proves the rule’ - wrong.’
    • ‘Those who did not, such as Desmond Tutu, were the exceptions that proved the rule.’
    • ‘His spell at Inter seems to have been the exception that proves the rule in terms of his value to a club.’