Definition of exception in English:



  • A person or thing that is excluded from a general statement or does not follow a rule.

    ‘he always plays top tunes, and tonight was no exception’
    ‘the administrator made an exception in the Colonel's case and waived the normal visiting hours’
    • ‘A capable display by the man in the middle is now the exception rather than the rule.’
    • ‘There are a number of well-established exceptions to the general rule and their list is not closed.’
    • ‘There are always exceptions to the rule, but in general I think this is true.’
    • ‘Most give pretty basic info with not a lot of flash, but there are always exceptions to the rule.’
    • ‘Those sort of mechanical problems are the exception rather than the rule nowadays.’
    • ‘There were only a few exceptions to this general pattern of noninvolvement.’
    • ‘I know it's a generalisation, and I'm always open to see the exceptions to the rule.’
    • ‘The young girl featured in your article is the exception to the rule and I admire her for it.’
    • ‘I have a friend and neighbour called Peter Thomson who is an exception to the general rule.’
    • ‘There is an endless list of possible exceptions to this general outlook that may arise during the game.’
    • ‘In general the few exceptions are not allowed to be used as arguments for making bad law.’
    • ‘An exception to this general rule is formed by a cheque which bears on its front the letter R.’
    • ‘Now the state welfare budget is being cut, and new rules will end these exceptions.’
    • ‘Some play this rule with the exception that a spread of three aces can be held.’
    • ‘While no two life sentences will be identical, exceptions to this general pattern will be rare.’
    • ‘The exceptions to the rule are on our coasts and hills - just where objectors do not want them to be.’
    • ‘An exception puts a rule to test, it does not and cannot prove it in any way.’
    • ‘Mr Gray believes the road should be treated as an exception to the rules because it is terraced.’
    • ‘Meldrew and Greengrass, though, are the exceptions rather than the rule, she says.’
    • ‘Luckily there is always an exception to every rule and this one is no different.’
    anomaly, irregularity, deviation, special case, departure, inconsistency, quirk, peculiarity, abnormality, oddity
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin exceptio(n-), from excipere take out (see except).