exception

noun
ex·​cep·​tion | \ ik-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce exception (audio) \

Definition of exception

1 : the act of excepting : exclusion
2 : one that is excepted especially : a case to which a rule does not apply
3 : question, objection witnesses whose authority is beyond exception— T. B. Macaulay
4 : an oral or written legal objection

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Examples of exception in a Sentence

There will be no exceptions to this rule. I take strong exception to your assessment of his singing ability.

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The bosses of luxury brands are the rare exception. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Luxury Brands Follow the Money to Airports," 27 Mar. 2019 Then people move on — usually after a week or two (although Parkland was an exception). German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 The couple’s Realtor, Ashley Lauren Farnschlader, said Ms. Cunningham and Mr. Brim were an exception last fall and many of her clients were holding off on buying. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "Home Sales Dropped in December; Price Increases Slowed," 22 Jan. 2019 That is the exception to the rule, though, and a position Apple might struggle to hold as the hardware well runs dry. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Tech Companies Shouldn't Make Us Trust Them, At All," 11 Jan. 2019 And the hard work of having a baby shouldn’t be an exception to the rule. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "My Reward for Having a Baby? A $1,000 Gucci Bag," 7 Jan. 2019 But whether Mars is an exception to this trend as opposed to the desperate last gasp of a dying breed is an open question. Dj Louie Xiv, Vanities, "Has 2018 Killed the Pop Star?," 22 June 2018 Photo: Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times/Associated Press With the exception of Mr. Obama, recent presidents have had last names with one or two syllables: Trump, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford and Nixon. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "The Biggest 2020 Election Question: Whose Name Will Get Mangled Worst?," 14 Feb. 2019 The country can build almost all of the jet, with the exceptions of 5 percent of its avionics systems and 25 percent of its other components. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran’s Aging American-Made Jets Could Fly Through the 2040s," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of exception

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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exception

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exception

: someone or something that is different from others : someone or something that is not included
: a case where a rule does not apply

exception

noun
ex·​cep·​tion | \ ik-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce exception (audio) \

Kids Definition of exception

1 : someone or something that is not included I returned all the books with one exception.
2 : a case to which a rule does not apply We'll make an exception this time.
3 : an objection or a reason for objecting usually used with take He took exception to the change.

exception

noun
ex·​cep·​tion

Legal Definition of exception

1 : something that is excepted or excluded especially : a situation to which a rule does not apply the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make U.S. Constitution art. III
2 : an act of excepting especially : exclusion of a section of real property from a conveyance — compare reservation
3 : a usually written objection especially to a judge's ruling filed an exception raising a question regarding jury instructions used especially in equity proceedings — see also bill of exceptions at bill sense 3a

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