ex·​cep·​tion·​al·​ly | \ik-ˈsep-shnə-lē, -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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This makes our debt an exceptionally safe investment, in a world growing evermore crowded with savers desperate for a secure place to store their wealth. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Must Reject Howard Schultz and His Radical Centrist Ideology," 6 June 2018 Experts say the storms are related to exceptionally hot weather this spring in the region. Fox News, "Heavy rains, hail pound Serbia, Croatia causing damage," 13 June 2018 In the Phoenix metro area, only Buckeye, Laveen and Litchfield Park would make the list thanks to an exceptionally hot couple of days in July 1995 when highs reached 125 degrees. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Hottest city in Arizona? That'd be Lake Havasu City," 23 Apr. 2018 It gets particularly crowded when the weather gets exceptionally hot. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "No more booze on Sauvie Island beaches, says ODFW," 16 Mar. 2018 This was the final exceptionally cold period before the glaciation came to an end. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "11,000-year-old child’s skeleton tells tale of Native American origins," 3 Jan. 2018 The accident forced more than 100 residents from their homes during an exceptionally cold winter and raised fears of toxic contamination in a state still reeling from a major chemical spill a year ago. Max Kutner, Newsweek, "West Virginia Begins Investigating Massive Train Derailment," 20 Feb. 2015 The changes are part of a master plan designed to protect the beach from sea level rise and exceptionally high tides known as King Tides. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dania working on plan to save its disappearing beach," 28 June 2018 Shanahan, on the other hand, played with two wide receivers and two backs on around half the snaps once Jimmy Garoppolo stepped in—an exceptionally high rate. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Sean McVay vs. Kyle Shanahan: The NFL’s Best New Coaching Rivalry," 18 June 2018

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1703, in the meaning defined above

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