ex·​cep·​tion | \ik-ˈsep-shən \

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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One notable exception from the fund: XRP tokens, which is majority-owned by Ripple and is the third largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018 With the exception of Franklin, the average price rose from a year ago in the 10 metro communities that recorded the most sales in the first half of 2018: Milwaukee, $144,407 from $134,642, or 7.3 percent. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "June home sales down, prices up in metro Milwaukee as supply lags demand," 11 July 2018 Congress has created some exceptions, but those are rare. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "How a judge can punish Trump administration over separated families," 11 July 2018 India’s Department of Telecommunications has approved net neutrality rules that ban blocking, throttling, and zero-rating internet data, with some exceptions. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "India just approved net neutrality rules that ban ‘any form’ of data discrimination," 11 July 2018 In Peoria, elected and appointed officials can't accept gifts valued at more than $50 from anyone who does business with the city, with some exceptions, including meals, token mementos and some instances of entertainment. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "Glendale lawmakers took game tickets from casino owner, other pricey gifts," 9 July 2018 With rare exceptions, Brown's 26-game run at Michigan has produced eye-popping defensive numbers put together by elite talent across the board. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defense is championship caliber," 7 July 2018 Some exceptions Hand watering with a spray nozzle that has an automatic shutoff valve is always allowed. Mark Skoneki, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Why do Central Floridians water their lawns during rain storms? Let nature keep the grass green," 6 July 2018 With some exceptions, states on the West Coast and in the Northeast tended to have higher percentages of residents meeting the guidelines than states in the South. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Only 23% of Americans Get Enough Exercise, a New Report Says," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of exception

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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.



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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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