exceptional

adjective
ex·​cep·​tion·​al | \ ik-ˈsep-shnəl How to pronounce exceptional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of exceptional

1 : forming an exception : rare an exceptional number of rainy days
2 : better than average : superior exceptional skill
3 : deviating from the norm: such as
a : having above or below average intelligence
b : physically disabled

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Other Words from exceptional

exceptionality \ ik-​ˌsep-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce exceptional (audio) \ noun
exceptionalness noun

Examples of exceptional in a Sentence

We're bending the rules for this exceptional situation. an exceptional student in math The seafood dishes at this restaurant are exceptional. a separate school for exceptional children
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Recent Examples on the Web Juniors Aminah Vega and Grace Taylor were exceptional for a team that fielded six seniors. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, 27 May 2021 New Mexico jumped from 4% extreme or exceptional drought a year ago to more than 77% now. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 New Mexico jumped from 4% extreme or exceptional drought a year ago to more than 77% now. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2021 Their bodies are exceptional at dismantling dysfunctional proteins, and surprisingly tolerant of others. Max G. Levy, Wired, 24 May 2021 The flavor is exceptional with meat, veggies, and fruit. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 The entire region is in extreme or exceptional drought, according to federal monitoring reports, and Oregon’s Klamath County is experiencing its driest year in 127 years. Fox News, 15 May 2021 The entire region is in extreme or exceptional drought, according to federal monitoring reports, and Oregon's Klamath County is experiencing its driest year in 127 years. NBC News, 14 May 2021 The top pick of the 2014 NFL draft, Clowney has had a solid, if not exceptional, NFL career but is about to embark on a new chapter in Cleveland. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of exceptional

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exceptional was in 1787

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“Exceptional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exceptional. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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exceptional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exceptional

: not usual : unusual or uncommon
: unusually good : much better than average
: mentally or physically disabled

exceptional

adjective
ex·​cep·​tion·​al | \ ik-ˈsep-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce exceptional (audio) \

Kids Definition of exceptional

1 : being unusual an exceptional amount of rain
2 : better than average : superior

Other Words from exceptional

exceptionally adverb

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