Essential Meaning of exception
1 : someone or something that is different from others : someone or something that is not included I like all his books, with one exception. [=I like all but one of his books] The decision was supported by almost everyone, the single/sole exception being me. [=everyone supported the decision but me] Her parties are always elegant, and last night's party was no exception. [=last night's party was also elegant]
2 : a case where a rule does not apply There will be no exceptions to this rule. We'll make an exception [=allow the rule not to be followed] this time.
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