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An example is a case put to illustrate a principle. Examples illustrate, but do not restrain or change the laws: illustrant non restringunt legem.


 - n. One or a portion taken to show the character or quality of the whole; a sample; a specimen. That which is to be followed or imitated as a model; a pattern or copy. That which resembles or corresponds with something else; a precedent; a model. That which is to be avoided; one selected for punishment and to serve as a warning; a warning. An instance serving for illustration of a rule or precept, especially a problem to be solved, or a case to be determined, as an exercise in the application of the rules of any study or branch of science; as, in trigonometry and grammar, the principles and rules are illustrated by examples. (Patent) A detailed description of an invention's embodiment.


Syn. - Precedent; case; instance. - Example, Instance. The discrimination to be made between these two words relates to cases in which we give 'instances' or 'examples' of things done. An instance denotes the single case then 'standing' before us; if there be others like it, ...

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