ex·​cep·​tion·​al·​ly ik-ˈsep-sh(ə-)nə-lē How to pronounce exceptionally (audio)
: in an exceptional manner : to an exceptional degree
especially : more than average or usual
an exceptionally difficult task

Examples of exceptionally in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exceptionally was in 1703

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“Exceptionally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exceptionally. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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