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 exceptionality (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

Bordeaux, France, $20 The 2016 vintage was exceptional in Bordeaux, and many of the wines represent great values at affordable prices. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At just $15, this soulful Spanish garnacha from a lesser-known region is a steal," 7 June 2019 On May 25th each year, the baton would be delivered to Tito by a young person deemed to be simultaneously exceptional and typical. Aleksandar Hemon, The New Yorker, "My Mother and the Failed Experiment of Yugoslavia," 5 June 2019 Design Awards Speaking of pretty pictures, this week several Wisconsin architects were given props for exceptional design, including the restoration of a giant bird cage and a nursing home that makes me less afraid to age. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's most Instagrammable artists and places," 11 May 2018 Andrew Cashner has been exceptional in the two starts since a poor showing in his season opener. Josh Land, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles on deck: Pregame roster move, plus what to watch Tuesday at Tigers, TV and more," 17 Apr. 2018 Then, there’s her exceptional vision on the court, says Harnett, which allows her to anticipate plays and proactively move accordingly, rather than just react. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Paralympian Mackenzie Soldan Is Making History in Wheelchair Tennis," 17 Apr. 2019 Lawmakers would have to take exceptional care with the details of legislation authorizing automatic continuing resolutions. William A. Galston, WSJ, "A Bipartisan Shutdown Solution," 22 Jan. 2019 Room for folks and their stuff is exceptional, as is the big guy’s ride and handling. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Redesigned after 10 years, new Buick Enclave is worth the wait," 28 June 2018 The exceptional care and concern demonstrated by all of the staff at Gladeview nursing home are greatly appreciated. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Gladys Hanford," 20 June 2018

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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

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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