Definition of Exceptional

1. Adjective. Far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree. "The young Mozart's prodigious talents"

Exact synonyms: Exceeding, Olympian, Prodigious, Surpassing
Similar to: Extraordinary
Derivative terms: Exception



2. Adjective. Surpassing what is common or usual or expected. "What's so special about the year 2000?"
Exact synonyms: Especial, Particular, Special
Similar to: Uncommon
Derivative terms: Specialness

3. Adjective. Deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence. "Special educational provisions for exceptional children"
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
Similar to: Abnormal

Definition of Exceptional

1. a. Forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare; hence, better than the average; superior.

Definition of Exceptional

1. Adjective. Forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare. ¹

2. Adjective. Better than the average; superior due to rarity. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Exceptional

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Exceptional

excentricities
excentricity
except
exceptant
excepted
excepting
exceptio beneficium ordinis seu excussionis
exceptio metus
exceptio non numeratae pecuniae
exceptio quod metus causa
exception
exception that proves the rule
exceptionable
exceptionableness
exceptionably
exceptional
exceptional(a)
exceptional case-marking
exceptional case-markings
exceptional space
exceptional spaces
exceptionalism
exceptionalisms
exceptionalist
exceptionalistic
exceptionalists
exceptionalities
exceptionality
exceptionally
exceptionalness

Literary usage of Exceptional

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

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The finest are to be seen at the Louvre and in the Bonnat Collection at Paris and Bayonne. these exceptional gifts were handicapped by an extreme lack of ..."

2. The Attic Theatre: A Description of the Stage and Theatre of the Athenians by Arthur Elam Haigh (1898)
"Exceptional Stage-buildings. The stage-buildings which we have hitherto described have ... But there arc several places in which peculiar and exceptional ..."

3. The Law of Electricity: A Treatise on the Rules of the Law Relating to by Seymour Dwight Thompson (1891)
"An exceptional view obtains in Illinois to the ... This exceptional rule is adopted by analog}' 1 Western Union Tel. Co. v. Edsall, 63 Tex. 668. ..."

4. Rules of Management: With Practical Instructions on Machine Building by William Lodge (1913)
"By the exceptional young man is meant the one who is always looking out for his employer's ... Never before was there such a demand for the exceptional, ..."

5. Thucydides Translated Into English by Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides (1881)
"IV. particular spot had exceptional advantages. There was BC 425. a harbour ready at hand ; the Messenians, who were the ancient inhabitants of the country ..."

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