The exception that proves the rule.の意味や使い方を解説!英語で1日1フレーズ #271



今回のフレーズは「The exception that proves the rule.」です。

「The exception that proves the rule.」は、直訳すると「例外は規則を証明する」となりますが、実際には「例外があることで規則の存在が確認できる」という意味になります。


例えば、「The sign ‘No parking on Sundays’ is the exception that proves the rule that parking is allowed on other days.(「日曜日は駐車禁止」という標識は、ほかの日は駐車可能だというルールを証明する例外だ)」と言うことができます。これは、「日曜日は駐車禁止」という「例外」があることで、「日曜日以外は駐車可能」という「規則を証明している」ということです。

「The exception that proves the rule.」の由来は、古代ローマの法律用語から来ています。一般的には、古代ローマの政治家であるキケロ(紀元前1世紀)の言葉「Exceptio probat regulam in casibus non exceptis」にさかのぼることができます。これは「例外があることでルールが存在する」という意味で、例外があるからこそルールの有効性が示される、ということです。

まとめると、「The exception that proves the rule.」は、文字通り「例外は規則を証明する」という意味ではなく、例外があることで、そのルールが存在することを強調しています。このフレーズを使うことで、規則や法則の有効性を示すことができます。

この「The exception that proves the rule.」を使って、規則と例外が共存する場面で活用してみてください。

The exception that proves the rule.


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