Imagine the following online dialog.
Question: What is a hyperlink?
Answer: Click on the following,
, or type it into your web browser.
The answer provides an example of a hyperlink that shows the answer to the question of what a hyperlink is.
Is there a specific name for this rhetorical device, where one is shown how to find an answer through an example of the answer?
(informal) Self-referential; structured analogously, but at a higher level.
Suppose you have a genie that grants you three wishes. If you wish for infinite wishes, that is a meta wish.
... but I wonder if there is a more specific rhetorical device that would describe the situation.
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Edit: I was originally motivated to ask this question because of a programming example on another forum. @RobbieGoodwin suggested that the question be limited to English language, so I am including a link to a screenshot of that programming example and my explanation. The question is not about programming, it's about a strategy used for answering a question. (As a new user, I appreciate the suggestion.)