Definition of Exception

1. Noun. A deliberate act of omission. "With the exception of the children, everyone was told the news"

Exact synonyms: Elision, Exclusion
Generic synonyms: Omission
Derivative terms: Elide, Except, Exclude

2. Noun. An instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization. "An exception tests the rule"
Generic synonyms: Example, Illustration, Instance, Representative
Derivative terms: Exceptional

3. Noun. Grounds for adverse criticism. "His authority is beyond exception"
Generic synonyms: Objection
Specialized synonyms: Caption
Derivative terms: Except

Definition of Exception

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

Definition of Exception

1. Noun. The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction by taking out something which would otherwise be included, as in a class, statement, rule. ¹

2. Noun. That which is excepted or taken out from others; a person, thing, or case, specified as distinct, or not included; as, almost every general rule has its exceptions. ¹

3. Noun. (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. ¹

4. Noun. An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense; cause of offense; — usually followed by to or against. ¹

5. Noun. (computing) An interruption in normal processing, especially as caused by an error condition. ¹

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Definition of Exception

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Exception

excentric amputation
exceptio beneficium ordinis seu excussionis
exceptio metus
exceptio non numeratae pecuniae
exceptio quod metus causa
exception that proves the rule
exceptional case-marking
exceptional case-markings
exceptional space
exceptional spaces

Literary usage of Exception

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: From by Francis Vesey, Great Britain Court of Chancery (1827)
"AN exception was taken to a Report, appointing a receiver, for that the Master had ... To support an exception there must be a substantial objection. ..."

2. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by David Shephard Garland, John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie (1887)
"The exception does not entitle the carrier to freight on the Collision. ... It is probable that the loss would be covered by the exception Perils of the sea ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"We have found it necessary, however, to index our organic stock, with the exception of the reagents on the laboratory shelves. ..."

4. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"... was viewed in the light of a distinct and insulated world, the conquest scarcely formed any exception to the general system of continental measures. ..."

5. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"To this general charge there was one exception—the Rev. GEORGE COOKMAN. Unlike Rev. Messrs. Storks, Ewry, Hickey, Humphrey and Cooper, (all whom were on the ..."

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