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Not open to objection, but not particularly new or exciting:‘the unexceptionable belief that society should be governed by law’
acceptable, passable, reasonable, satisfactory, tolerable, fair, fairly good, pretty good, goodish, middle-of-the-road, mediocre, unexceptional, unexceptionable, undistinguished, unremarkable, ordinary, commonplace, indifferent, average, not bad, all right, good enough, so-so, minimal, medium, moderate, run-of-the-mill, forgettableView synonyms
- ‘Whenever I have met Paul, I have found him to be entirely unexceptionable company.’
- ‘This was an unexceptionable statement with which George would not have argued; but by itself it said little.’
- ‘I believe that the problem in this country is that we have a culture in which most of the population see getting drunk as unexceptionable and, in fact, a bit of a laugh.’
- ‘These demands, for a deeper and more genuine federalism, were unexceptionable.’
- ‘On one level, the idea is unexceptionable, indeed worthy of applause.’
- ‘The law would be rightly open to ridicule, for transactions such as these are unexceptionable.’
- ‘These are unexceptionable propositions, but there is more to the urban environment than that.’
- ‘In a civilized country, one would think, legislation to protect kids from violence and harassment in their schools should be unexceptionable.’
- ‘He may telegraph from his country much news which is unexceptionable.’
- ‘As a statement of society's moral consensus Shell's point is unexceptionable.’
- ‘Their belief in the worth and dignity of all human beings is unexceptionable.’
- ‘Though this may be unexceptionable enough from the point of view of gender, it's a messy and ungainly solution stylistically, and one to be avoided.’
- ‘Despite these unexceptionable advantages, critics have objected to the land tax on the following grounds.’
- ‘The purpose seems unexceptionable in its modesty.’
- ‘It is unexceptionable to note that an obsession with violence has always been characteristic of American movies.’
- ‘Based on news accounts and these excerpts, his speech seems to have been unexceptionable (albeit platitudinous).’
- ‘If the motion is to refer the bill to a select committee, then I think that is unexceptionable.’
- ‘Such generalities are, for the most part, unexceptionable.’
- ‘Isn't that a bit of a stretch from a fairly unexceptionable paragraph?’
- ‘This first conclusion seems unexceptionable.’
There is a clear distinction in meaning between exceptionable (‘open to objection’) and exceptional (‘out of the ordinary; very good’). However, this distinction has become blurred in the negative forms unexceptionable and unexceptional. Strictly speaking, unexceptionable means ‘not open to objection’, as in this view is unexceptionable in itself, while unexceptional means ‘not out of the ordinary; usual’, as in the hotel was adequate but unexceptional. But, although the distinction may be clear in these two examples, the meaning of unexceptionable is often indeterminate between ‘not open to objection’ and ‘ordinary’, as in the food was bland and unexceptionable or the candidates were pretty unexceptionable
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