exceptional

adjective
ex·​cep·​tion·​al | \ ik-ˈsep-shnəl, -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 \ 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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Unlike so many modern coworking spaces that fill nondescript real estate, Boitsfort had some exceptional raw material to work with. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This Brutalist masterpiece is now a gorgeous coworking space," 12 Dec. 2018 So yeah, the sense of excitement with everybody is pretty exceptional. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Spacecraft That's About to Play Tag with an Asteroid," 16 Nov. 2018 The circumstances at the San Ysidro border crossing Sunday were exceptional, but the question facing the agents was not. Colleen Long, The Seattle Times, "Clash with migrants spotlights force at the border," 28 Nov. 2018 While her career–30 years of being a war reporter at a time when female correspondents were rare–was exceptional, her private life was turbulent and painful. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Hollywood Chameleon Rosamund Pike Tackles the Life Story of War Correspondent Marie Colvin," 15 Nov. 2018 Gaga sounds amazing, of course, and other snippets of music in the trailer and other clips suggest the soundtrack will be exceptional. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "This New Clip of Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born Proves You Will Never Get The Movie's Songs Out of Your Head," 7 Sep. 2018 An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. Gina Martinez, Time, "'I Pray He Is at Peace.' Chef Eric Ripert Speaks Out After Finding 'Best Friend' Anthony Bourdain Dead," 8 June 2018 Our bodies are already considered political statements, and declaring our beauty as normal — exceptional, even — is a rejection of Western Eurocentric standards, as well as the male gaze. Alisha Acquaye, Teen Vogue, "White People Need to Learn How to Appreciate a Different Culture Without Appropriating It," 23 Aug. 2018 Most of it is severe and extreme drought, with a large swath under exceptional drought — the worst category. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Officials: Drought-contingency plan will be ready for Arizona Legislature's next session," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of exceptional

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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