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

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 — see also take exception
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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to Hoops Hype, a USA TODAY property, the Bucks’ taxpayer mid-level exception is $5.9 million. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 July 2021 As an exception, young adults may need nine or more hours on a regular basis because their brains are still developing, Chick said, and adults of any age may also need nine or more hours when recovering from an injury, illness or sleep debt. Sarah Molano, CNN, 27 July 2021 Technology and standards always comes into play at childcare centers today and Hawthorn is no exception on that score. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 26 July 2021 With the exception of supermodels and other people blessed with extraordinary genes, full-time makeup, and fitness teams, and seemingly unlimited budgets, most of us rely on local health and beauty businesses to get the job done. Dallas News, 26 July 2021 But General Motors has taken exception to Ford’s name choice. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 26 July 2021 The Cardinals had six of their seven hitters reach base against Gray in the fourth inning, with pitcher Johan Oviedo as the lone exception. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 26 July 2021 Stevens also has $11 million from the trade exception created by the Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade with Charlotte that could be used in a deal. BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2021 While most distance races are pretty straightforward, the 3,000-meter steeplechase is the peculiar exception. Oliver Staley, Quartz, 24 July 2021

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First Known Use of exception

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exception. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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 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.



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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