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