Exception vs. Exceptional

Exception vs. Exceptional — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Exception and Exceptional

Exceptionnoun

The act of excepting or the condition of being excepted; exclusion.

Exceptionaladjective

Being an exception; uncommon

This town is exceptional for the region in having a high tax rate.

Exceptionnoun

One that is excepted, especially a case that does not conform to a rule or generalization.

Exceptionaladjective

Well above average; extraordinary

an exceptional memory.

Exceptionnoun

An objection or a criticism

opinions that are open to exception.

Exceptionaladjective

Deviating widely from a norm, as of physical or mental ability

special educational provisions for exceptional children.
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Exceptionnoun

(Law) A formal protest against a ruling of the trial court on a question of law, such as the admissibility of a certain piece of evidence, to make clear for the record that the issue is being preserved for a potential appeal.

Exceptionaladjective

Forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare.

What an exceptional flower!

Exceptionnoun

The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction by taking out something which would otherwise be included, as in a class, statement, rule.

Exceptionaladjective

Better than the average; superior due to exception or rarity.

The quality of the beer was exceptional.

Exceptionnoun

That which is excepted or taken out from others; a person, thing, or case, specified as distinct, or not included

That rule is usually true, but there are a few exceptions.

Exceptionaladjective

(geometry) Corresponding to something of lower dimension under a birational correspondence.

an exceptional curve; an exceptional divisor
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Exceptionnoun

(legal) An objection, on legal grounds; also, as in conveyancing, a clause by which the grantor excepts or reserves something before the right is transferred.

Exceptionalnoun

An exception, or something having an exceptional value

Exceptionnoun

An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense; cause of offense; — usually followed by to or against.

Exceptionaladjective

far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree;

a night of exceeding darknessan exceptional memoryolympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcythe young Mozart's prodigious talents

Exceptionnoun

(computing) An interruption in normal processing, typically caused by an error condition, that can be handled by another part of the program.

Exceptionaladjective

surpassing what is common or usual or expected;

he paid especial attention to herexceptional kindnessa matter of particular and unusual importancea special occasiona special reason to confide in herwhat's so special about the year 2000?

Exceptionnoun

a deliberate act of omission;

with the exception of the children, everyone was told the news

Exceptionaladjective

deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence;

special educational provisions for exceptional children

Exceptionnoun

an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization;

all her children were brilliant; the only exception was her last childan exception tests the rule

Exceptionnoun

grounds for adverse criticism;

his authority is beyond exception