exceptional

adjective ex·cep·tion·al \ ik-ˈsep-shnəl , -shə-nᵊl \
Updated on: 21 May 2018
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

exceptionality

play \ik-ˌsep-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun

exceptionalness

noun

Examples of exceptional in a Sentence

  1. We're bending the rules for this exceptional situation.

  2. an exceptional student in math

  3. The seafood dishes at this restaurant are exceptional.

  4. a separate school for exceptional children

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First Known Use of exceptional

1787

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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exceptional Synonyms


EXCEPTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

exceptional

  • : not usual : unusual or uncommon

  • : unusually good : much better than average

  • : mentally or physically disabled


EXCEPTIONAL Defined for Kids

exceptional

adjective ex·cep·tion·al \ ik-ˈsep-shə-nᵊl \
1 : being unusual
  • an exceptional amount of rain
2 : better than average : superior

exceptionally

adverb


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