the exception rather than the rule

noun phrase

Definition of the exception rather than the rule

: not common or usual : not often done, seen, or happening : rare Friendly customer service seems to be the exception rather than the rule nowadays.

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“The exception rather than the rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20exception%20rather%20than%20the%20rule. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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