exception

noun ex·cep·tion \ ik-ˈsep-shən \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

Examples of exception in a Sentence

  1. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

  2. I take strong exception to your assessment of his singing ability.

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First Known Use of exception

14th century



EXCEPTION Defined for English Language Learners

exception

noun

Definition of exception for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that is different from others : someone or something that is not included

  • : a case where a rule does not apply


EXCEPTION Defined for Kids

exception

noun ex·cep·tion \ ik-ˈsep-shən \

Definition of exception for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

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 3a


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