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 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 Schrems also noted that if the tech giants are found guilty of violating the law, the initial fines would not be exceptionally large, given Google and Facebook's 2017 total revenues, but would definitely set a precedent. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Facebook and Google slammed, accused of breaking new GDPR data privacy law," 25 May 2018 In currency markets, moves of even 1 percent are viewed as exceptionally large. New York Times, "Emerging Markets Are Worrying Investors, Again," 23 May 2018 Whisky drinkers have always been willing to pay a premium for quality, but a pair of sales in Hong Kong late last week have set the bar exceptionally high. Chris Morris, Fortune, "One Shot of This Whisky Costs $65,000," 21 May 2018 Some major metropolitan areas have error rates well in excess of Zillow’s national median — Dallas-Ft Worth’s rate is 8.2 percent — and some states have exceptionally high rates. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Lawsuit dismissed against Zillow's Zestimates," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of exceptionally

1703, in the meaning defined above

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