exception

noun

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

There will be no exceptions to this rule. I take strong exception to your assessment of his singing ability.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exception was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near exception

Cite this Entry

“Exception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exception. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

exception

noun

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

exception

noun

ex·​cep·​tion
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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Last Updated: 16 Sep 2022

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