ex·​cep·​tion·​al·​ly | \ ik-ˈsep-shnə-lē How to pronounce exceptionally (audio) , -shə-nᵊl-ē\

Definition of exceptionally

: in an exceptional manner : to an exceptional degree especially : more than average or usual an exceptionally difficult task

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His 30 years of baseball experience is serving our organization exceptionally well through this rebuilding phase. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers owner still whiffing on the big question: When will wins come?," 13 Sep. 2019 To top it off, July was exceptionally dry, throwing another wrinkle at farmers. Justin Worland / Des Moines, Time, "How Climate Change in Iowa is Changing U.S. Politics," 12 Sep. 2019 As a whole, the brand's shoes are exceptionally comfortable. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "We Reviewed Allbirds, the "World's Most Comfortable" Shoes — Here's What You Need to Know," 11 Sep. 2019 For exceptionally skilled women, recognition of their achievements in front of their male peers led to more contributions in meetings, perhaps because those colleagues are forced to recognize their abilities. William Park, Quartz at Work, "Why employee rewards are frequently ineffective and potentially counterproductive," 11 Sep. 2019 There is very little room for movement in this new order, as the rich and highly skilled prepare their children exceptionally well for the meritocratic race, reproducing what has become a caste of rich super-skilled people. Sarah Leonard, The New Republic, "The Fall of the Meritocracy," 5 Sep. 2019 The danishes are also exceptionally good here, puffed and topped with sliced fig or plum or nectarine over rich, yolk-yellow pastry cream. Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles is a fantastic pastry town. Here are four places our critic loves.," 31 Aug. 2019 This year, growing conditions were exceptionally good due to an extended spell of hot, dry weather caused by El Niño winds, resulting in a crop of mangos so large farmers are contending with a surplus of some 2 million kg (about 4.4 million pounds). Marc Bain, Quartz, "The Philippines has 2 million kilos of extra mangos—and a plan to deal with them," 17 June 2019 In a show full of exceptionally—sometimes unrealistically—good people, Kevin is the closest thing to an anti-hero. Emma Dibdin, Esquire, "Don't Confuse Justin Hartley With the Actor He Plays on TV," 14 Mar. 2018

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1703, in the meaning defined above

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