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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The exception is Justice Clarence Thomas, who has made his intentions clear. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Abortion Scare Campaign," 2 July 2018 The exception may be in a few spots that see some patchy fog develop as temperatures near the dew point late night. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Intense heat this weekend and into early week," 30 June 2018 The occasional exception is when a columnist like Nick Kristof, who knows the story of North Korea so well, comes on. Recode Staff, Recode, "The New York Times’ The Daily podcast host Michael Barbaro talks with Kara Swisher," 29 June 2018 The exception is the relationship between Ruth and GLOW’s apple pie American star, Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), alias Liberty Belle. Rachel Vorona Cote, The New Republic, "In GLOW, Who Gets To Be Empowered?," 28 June 2018 The only exceptions were Manny Machado (.301), Adam Jones (.294) and Trumbo (.268). Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "With Tim Beckham's midseason return, Orioles' batting order is finally whole," 25 June 2018 The bananas Foster bread pudding was one satisfyingly rich exception. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 Qualifying projects generally must remove between 250 and 1,500 square feet of turf in the front yard, though some exceptions apply. Pomerado News, "Water agencies increase incentives to replace turf," 13 July 2018 This is demonstrated by the exception: Marathon Petroleum Corp. (the refining and marketing company) owns its stations. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 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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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


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.



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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