In the following explanation:

Irregularity: The quality of not being regular in shape or form, or an example of this.

I don't understand what "an example of this" means. What does "example" mean in this context?

Thanks in advance

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    This sintinse contains an irregularity.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented May 19, 2020 at 21:41
  • In the context given the sentence defines the quality of irregularity apart from an actual case of irregularity. The second part points to an actual example or instance of the irregularity. The term can refer to the irregularity within an example or the example itself as a broader more general term.
    – Elliot
    Commented May 19, 2020 at 22:12

1 Answer 1


From M-W:

Definition of irregularity

1: something that is irregular

2: the quality or state of being irregular

Examples of irregularity in a Sentence

1: the irregularity of his behavior

2: He is suffering from irregularity.

Most uses of irregularity will fall under Example 1. That is, they will be examples of the state of not being regular in state or form.

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