exceptional


ex·cep·tion·al

adjective \ik-ˈsep-shnəl, -shə-nəl\

: not usual : unusual or uncommon

: unusually good : much better than average

: mentally or physically disabled

Full Definition of EXCEPTIONAL

1
:  forming an exception :  rare <an exceptional number of rainy days>
2
:  better than average :  superior <exceptional skill>
3
:  deviating from the norm: as
a :  having above or below average intelligence
b :  physically disabled
ex·cep·tion·al·i·ty \-ˌsep-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
ex·cep·tion·al·ness noun

Examples of EXCEPTIONAL

  1. We're bending the rules for this exceptional situation.
  2. an exceptional student in math
  3. The seafood dishes at this restaurant are exceptional.
  4. a separate school for exceptional children

First Known Use of EXCEPTIONAL

1787

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