exception

noun
ex·​cep·​tion | \ ik-ˈsep-shən \

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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Indeed, everything is thoughtfully laid out, with one major exception: the infotainment system. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018 These kind of closing are viewed as a one-off exception to the rule of prosperity. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 One exception was the long, cavalry-defeating spears that appear in both movies. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018 The one exception was in NY-24 (represented by GOPer John Katko), where the candidate backed by the DCCC lost, but this district was probably already out of reach for Democrats; the Cook Political Report rates it as Likely Republican. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Progressives' big night: Five takeaways from Tuesday's primaries," 27 June 2018 One exception is if that denial is actually a cover for discrimination based on characteristics such as race, gender, national origin or religion, which are protected under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Restaurants kicking out Trump supporters: Unlike race or religion, it's legal," 27 June 2018 About 85 children, ages 4 to 20, participate — with one exception. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Buddy Ball Baseball League a field of dreams for kids with disabilities," 21 June 2018 As a team over the cap and out of exceptions, the Bucks can only sign new free agents to minimum deals. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks rescind qualifying offer; Jabari Parker joins Chicago Bulls," 14 July 2018 The government was holding 103 children under 5 years old who were separated from their parents, but Department of Justice lawyers have been negotiating to carve out exceptions based on safety concerns. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Meet the judge who is forcing the government to reunite immigrant families," 13 July 2018

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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 \

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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