Exception - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈsepʃn|  American pronunciation of the word exception
Brit.  |ɪkˈsɛpʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word exception

noun

- a deliberate act of omission(syn: elision, exclusion)

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

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

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

- grounds for adverse criticism

his authority is beyond exception

Examples

There will be no exceptions to this rule.

...I take strong exception to your assessment of his singing ability....

The possession of the gift was the rule and not the exception.

It's been cold, but today's an exception.

We all laughed, with the exception of Maggie.

Each plant, without exception, contains some kind of salt.

With one or two notable exceptions, there are few women conductors.

With a few minor exceptions, the new edition is much like the previous one.

The law applies to all EU countries; Britain is no exception.

We don't usually accept checks, but for you we'll make an exception (=not include you in this rule).

The spelling of this word is an interesting exception to the rule.

Successful two-career couples are still the exception, not the rule (=used to emphasize that something is unusual).

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

all her children were brilliant; the only exception was her last child

...without exception, book reviewers reprehended the novel's tired plot...

Word forms

noun
singular: exception
plural: exceptions
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