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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In order to escape the roll radius, the tube would have to extend exceptionally fast. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Why It's So Incredibly Hard to Attach a Parachute to a Drone," 29 Nov. 2018 An exceptionally fast start indeed, but Colombia, and James in particular, weren't done yet. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 2 Days to Go - James Rodríguez Makes the 2014 World Cup His Own," 12 June 2018 Several factors contributed to the wind’s ferocity Shortly after midnight, the winds ramped up exceptionally fast. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "A mighty wind: Behind one of Washington’s worst-ever winter wind storms," 5 Mar. 2018 The Nile is exceptionally beautiful at night, the city’s grittiness obscured by the darkness, the lights of bridges reflected in the calm black water. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 This move was one of Orbán’s last steps toward bringing Hungary’s exceptionally strong judiciary branch under his control. Monika Nalepa, Washington Post, "Poland may forcibly ‘retire’ dozens of Supreme Court justices," 10 July 2018 The sector was powered by exceptionally strong first-quarter profit results that saw 93% of tech companies top analyst forecasts. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Sell in May stock market strategy is off to a lousy start," 1 June 2018 Recent indicators suggest that the economy, which had been exceptionally strong, is slowing. The New York Times, New York Times, "Closing Arguments in AT&T Trial, and Jobs Numbers Will Be Released," 29 Apr. 2018 And about being exceptionally visible in a bigger body. Kathleen Rellihan, Glamour, "Who Says Plus-Size Women Can't Climb Kilimanjaro?," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of exceptionally

1703, in the meaning defined above

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