# Denial of Existence/Examples/x less than or equal to 3/Examples/2, 3, 4

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## Example of Denial of Existence: $\forall x \in S: x \le 3$

Let $P$ be the statement:

- $\exists x \in S: x \le 3$

and $\lnot P$ its negation:

- $\forall x \in S: x > 3$

Let $S = \set {2, 3, 4}$.

Then we have that:

- $P$ is true

and consequently:

- $\lnot P$ is false

## Proof

The falsehood of $\lnot P$ can be demonstrated by citing $x \in S: x = 2$.

Thus $4$ is a counterexample to the assertion that all $x \in S$ are such that $x > 3$.

Hence its negation $P$ is true.

$\blacksquare$

## Sources

- 1978: Thomas A. Whitelaw:
*An Introduction to Abstract Algebra*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $1$: Sets and Logic: Exercise $1 \ \text {(ii)} \, \text {(a)}$