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 The report, the result of a years-long internal civil rights audit of Facebook’s policies and practices, took particular exception with the company’s decision not to take down inflammatory rhetoric and false claims from Trump. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook election advertising blackout? Company weighs political ads ban in final days before election," 11 July 2020 Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are no exception. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, "Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 11 July 2020 Temperatures are soaring in Houston as the summer heat sets in, and Friday is no exception. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Heat advisory issued ahead of ‘dangerous’ heat in Houston," 10 July 2020 While the ranking in itself may seem like a slight to some, Elliott himself took exception to one voter’s comments in particular. Joey Hayden, Dallas News, "Ezekiel Elliott claps back at anonymous coach’s criticism of Cowboys RB," 9 July 2020 The Kentucky Speedway will be no exception this weekend. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "'It’s going to be like a ghost town': Ben Rhodes prepares for race at Kentucky Speedway," 7 July 2020 Many stones contain small amounts of poison and the nectarine is no exception. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, "The Rose," 6 July 2020 Coronavirus infections in Oregon have been surging since late May, and children are no exception. oregonlive, "How does Oregon’s statewide mask law compare to 20 others around the nation? It’s more lenient than most.," 3 July 2020 There’s no audio on the intake video, but the deputy took exception. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020

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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 8 Aug. 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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