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.
Recent Examples on the Web On Saturday, with the exception of lingering snow showers across New England, the region will be much drier and cooler with highs 5-10 degrees below average. NBC News, "After wreaking havoc all week, deadly winter storm exits just in time for the weekend," 7 Feb. 2020 Coming off a 64-62 loss at Cincinnati, the Cougars (18-5) overcame a sluggish start Thursday and – with the exception of a Tulane run midway through the second half – took command with a 19-point lead. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "Caleb Mills, UH bounce back to beat Tulane," 6 Feb. 2020 Trump was acquitted on Wednesday on a party-line vote, with the exception of Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who voted that Trump was guilty on one article of impeachment. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Marie Yovanovitch warns US against becoming country where ‘standing up to our government is a dangerous act’," 6 Feb. 2020 If all goes according to plan, flavored cartridges should no longer be available on shelves or online in the US, with the exception of tobacco and menthol. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Partial e-cigarette 'flavor ban' goes into effect today. Here's what happens next," 6 Feb. 2020 Doing this mostly brought up error messages for me, with the exception of oddball fare like Metal Wolf Chaos XD. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "RIP Stadia? Nvidia’s newly launched cloud-gaming service is (mostly) a stunner," 4 Feb. 2020 WeWork’s space is the only major vacancy in a new tower, with the exception of Oceanwide Center, which is years away from being finished. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "WeWork may leave Salesforce Tower after listing offices for sublease," 4 Feb. 2020 With the exception of programming, all of Hulu will be under rising star Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney’s international and direct-to-consumer operations. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Disney Strategy for Fox Assets Comes Into Focus as Executives Quit," 3 Feb. 2020 Today, most of the district buildings in those early renderings have yet to be completed — with the exception of parking decks and the Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Ilitch organization says its trying harder to build the arena district," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of exception

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Feb 2020

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“Exception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exception. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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 takeHe 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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