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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The whole royal family, including William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, got together for the occasion, with the exception of Queen Elizabeth II. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Photos of Royal Baby Archie at His Christening Are Here," 6 July 2019 With the possible exception of rain streaks, the pictures from the rally are his image of himself and the country. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s “Inoffensive” War on Reality," 5 July 2019 And their regimes coincided with low, stable inflation and—with the notable exception of the Great Recession—low unemployment. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Newly named European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde isn’t an economist—and that’s good news," 4 July 2019 With the exception of Netflix’s quietly revelatory Dating Around, many dating shows with LGBTQ (and especially bisexual) contestants have treated them as hypersexual or prurient anomalies, as enigmas who are incapable of settling down. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Slow, Messy Evolution of LGBTQ Dating Shows," 4 July 2019 The Carroll County Public Schools Summer Meals for Kids program will not operate July 4 and 5, with the exception of one site. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com, "What’s open, what’s closed in Carroll County for Fourth of July — plus the day after," 3 July 2019 Fire officials reported that evacuation levels are now set at Level 1 -- meaning that residents should be prepared to evacuate if necessary -- for the area around the fires, with the exception of one house that remains under evacuation orders. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Fire updates: Hess Creek fire continues to grow, Swan Lake fire conditions improve," 11 July 2019 Peterson, who has pleaded guilty to the same charges as Spencer, with the exception of the contempt of court charge, is scheduled to be sentenced on August 21. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Aptos camp counselor sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing child porn," 10 July 2019 There weren’t a lot of frills to Mendes’ set (with the exception of a huge light-up rose sculpture that shifted from rose to pink to white and gold colors throughout the night). Ashley Naftule, azcentral, "Shawn Mendes makes all the girls (and women) scream At Gila River Arena," 10 July 2019

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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 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.



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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