exception

noun
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.

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And no pets are permitted within the show site, with the exception of service animals. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Homearama 2019 off to a hot start," 13 June 2019 There are exceptions — such as people who work and who are traveling to or heading home from work. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Hey kids: Teen curfew in effect in Miami-Dade," 5 June 2019 And while the theme was largely more is more then add one more accessory, there were exceptions. Vogue, "The Best Street Style at RuPaul’s Los Angeles Dragcon," 28 May 2019 There are exceptions for police, construction workers, commercial drivers, child care workers and certain others. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "NYC may ban pre-hire marijuana tests for many job applicants," 12 Apr. 2019 Because our children 'look normal,' there are no exceptions made for them. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "10 Things Parents of Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder Wish You Knew," 1 Apr. 2019 While most creatures and spells will sport one of these colors, there are some exceptions. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 Javier Zarracina There are exceptions, of course — on certain concentrations of attention like national politics or Star Wars movies, lots of people know everything there is to know, quickly. David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018 For obvious reasons, Jack doesn’t share a lot of screen time with his adult children, but thanks to dream sequences and hallucinations there are rare exceptions. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Recap: Jack and an Adult Kate Appeared Together for the First Time and It Was Emotional," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of exception

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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exception

noun

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

exception

noun
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.

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 sense 3a

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