Definition of exceptional in English:



  • 1Unusual; not typical.

    ‘late claims will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances’
    • ‘This is certainly a very unique case, a very exceptional set of circumstances.’
    • ‘Independent appeal panels are also to be advised that such decisions should only be overturned under exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘We will publish manuscripts over 30,000 words only under exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘He said that the exceptional permission for the unusual ceremony had been granted because his grandmother had herself served as a Wren.’
    • ‘Again, there is no suggestion here that paying more than would be justified on a strict royalty calculation is an unusual or exceptional practice.’
    • ‘The Human Rights Act is, I believe, open to re-negotiation in certain exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘‘They are pretty exceptional circumstances,’ he said, trying to keep his anger hidden.’
    • ‘‘Although this may be increased in very exceptional circumstances,’ said Debbie.’
    • ‘Bidding on rare and unusual items in exceptional condition was very aggressive, pushing prices to new highs.’
    • ‘While superficially complex, this was not an exceptional case.’
    • ‘My old laptop was retired because of a really weird problem, which was that the computer would only start in exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘The judge awarded costs because of the exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘It can only be displaced by unusual or exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘There are rare and exceptional circumstances in existence in this case.’
    • ‘There is currently some 30,000 farmers receiving exceptional circumstances drought relief.’
    • ‘This irrational checklist has nothing to do with pasta or pizzas, or indeed with the food at all - except in exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘No more than three or four awards of this nature are made in the course of a year and only in exceptional circumstances to people outside Spain.’
    • ‘They only come before councillors in exceptional circumstances and the criteria for rejecting them are narrower than in other planning matters.’
    • ‘In exceptional circumstances, proposals or amendments could be introduced after the circulation of the agenda.’
    • ‘Applications for damage to cars or non-essential items will not normally be considered, other than in exceptional circumstances.’
    unusual, uncommon, abnormal, atypical, extraordinary, out of the ordinary, out of the way, rare, singular, unprecedented, unexpected, surprising
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    1. 1.1 Unusually good; outstanding.
      ‘a child of exceptional ability’
      • ‘The Savage bolt action has always provided outstanding accuracy and exceptional value for the money.’
      • ‘The style of government directed by Henry II and his sons was exceptional for its penetrative ability and aggressive quality.’
      • ‘It is the combination of exceptional memory and calculating ability which seems to combine in many of those we consider.’
      • ‘Williams has exceptional hands and leaping ability and can beat linebackers deep with his speed.’
      • ‘The breed is also noted for its endurance ability, and its exceptional disposition.’
      • ‘Ted was a remarkable and exceptional man, who just happened to also live for 106 years.’
      • ‘Reed has been fielding some punts in practice, and he is an exceptional athlete with big-play ability.’
      • ‘The Dolby Digital 5.1 also sounds exceptional, with outstanding separation in the mix.’
      • ‘Some autistic children show, at an unusually early age, exceptional abilities in music, graphic art or arithmetic.’
      • ‘And Kaushik, who had an exceptional ability in identifying the cars manufactured worldwide.’
      • ‘This is a sure bet because carbon has an exceptional ability to link up with other atoms into long chains, or polymers.’
      • ‘So far, so good, as most of the items on the menu are of reasonable price, significant size and exceptional flavor.’
      • ‘Writers are liked or disliked for something much vaster than their exceptional ability with language.’
      • ‘She also had the exceptional ability to recall vividly small incidents in her life, and recount them without any exaggeration.’
      • ‘McDaniel has functional speed but exceptional instincts and playmaking ability.’
      • ‘Bernard's exceptional rugby ability has not gone unnoticed and he has recently been invited to play rugby with Leinster.’
      • ‘Lincoln appears to have been a man who loved to laugh and used his exceptional story telling ability to his advantage.’
      • ‘His two points were superb efforts and his overall display marked him out as a player of exceptional ability.’
      • ‘Hawkins doesn't have exceptional coverage ability but is aggressive and physical.’
      • ‘If you have not tried pecorino cheese, give it a chance, it is has kind of a salty exceptional taste full of flavor more so than Parmesan.’
      outstanding, extraordinary, remarkable, unusually good, special, especial, excellent, phenomenal, prodigious
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usually exceptionals
  • An item in a company's accounts arising from its normal activity but much larger or smaller than usual.

    Compare with extraordinary
    • ‘If he has managed to get rid of all the bad news, amounting to £1.3bn of exceptionals, which led to the company reporting a net loss of £1.02 bn, then there should be room for considerable upside in the group's fortunes over the next year.’
    • ‘Throw in the write-downs on Imperial Holly and Greencore has incurred €310m worth of exceptionals since 2000, a sum equivalent to almost 50% of its current market cap.’
    • ‘Gym operator LA Fitness is expected to post full-year pre-tax profits before exceptionals of £8.7m on Wednesday, against £7.2m, according to consensus analyst forecasts.’
    • ‘At the half-year results in February he revealed that pre-tax profits before exceptionals slipped from £1.29 bn to £1.24 bn.’
    • ‘The consensus forecast for the year for profit before tax, goodwill and exceptionals is £905m compared with £836m the previous year, with all divisions expected to show an increase in profitability.’
    • ‘According to a consensus of analysts' forecasts, the group will post profits before exceptionals and goodwill of about £100m, up from £75.8m last time.’
    • ‘For the six months to June 30, analysts are forecasting pre-tax profits before exceptionals of £13.6m against £12.1m last time, with earnings per share of 20.8p, and dividend per share of 11.9p.’
    • ‘This drop in operating profit caused pre-tax profit before accounting for exceptionals to fall from a profit of £59.1m last year into a loss of £2m this time.’
    • ‘Pre-tax profit before exceptionals and investment in digital media and the free Metro title rose 14% to #104 million in the 26-week period ended July 2.’
    • ‘We base our group profit share on pre-tax, pre exceptionals which were down £10 million.’
    • ‘The local management is hoping for a better full year out-turn than last year, but it is not stated whether this is before or after exceptionals are taken into account.’
    • ‘Profit before tax and goodwill, but after exceptionals, is expected to hit £71m, up from £29.5m in 2002, according to a survey of analysts by Reuters.’
    • ‘Analysts expect profits before tax and exceptionals to be between 866m and 867m, up 9% on last year.’
    • ‘The Edinburgh company is expected to announce pre-tax profits before exceptionals of between £41m and £42m - in line with market forecasts - due mainly to its property developments.’
    • ‘The bank posted a 12% hike in pre-tax profits before exceptionals to £6.45 bn.’
    • ‘The group is tipped to say pre-tax losses before exceptionals have halved to £2.5m from £5.7m previously.’
    • ‘RBS reports results on August 5, with profits before goodwill and exceptionals forecast to come in at £3.52 bn against £3.15 bn in the same period the year before.’
    • ‘BPI, which has experienced a surge in its share price, is expected to announce pre-tax profits before exceptionals of £7.8m. Earnings per share will come in at 19.6p, and dividend per share will be 7p.’
    • ‘Since then, oil has gained 20%: implying that the fuel charge has now risen to €7.2m, a sizeable chunk when 2004 profits before exceptionals amounted to €19m.’
    • ‘The figure emerged as ICAP reported a rise in pre-tax profits to £117.5m from £83.8m, after exceptionals and goodwill write-offs.’