One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Open to objection; causing disapproval or offense.‘his drawings are almost the only exceptionable part of his work’
offensive, unpleasant, disagreeable, distasteful, displeasing, unacceptable, off-putting, undesirable, obnoxiousobjectionable, offensive, disagreeable, obnoxious, repugnant, disgusting, abhorrent, unpleasant, distasteful, displeasing, unacceptable, deplorable, reprehensible, contemptible, insufferable, intolerable, insupportable, beyond the pale, out of lineView synonyms
- ‘There is nothing intrinsically wrong with, or legally exceptionable about, that.’
- ‘It is good that authors should be remunerated and the least exceptionable way of remunerating them is by a monopoly, yet monopoly is an evil for the sake of the good.’
- ‘So far as the fees of those instructing me are concerned, the hourly rate of £1.20 I submit is not exceptionable.’
- ‘The word ‘weird’ seems a bit extreme, with ‘surprising’ being less exceptionable, but McKeon put the bat on the ball.’
- ‘As conspiracy, it's too probable to be either exceptionable or particularly interesting.’
Exceptionable means ‘open to objection’ and is usually found in negative contexts: there was nothing exceptionable in the evidence. It is sometimes confused with the much more common exceptional, meaning ‘unusual, outstanding.’ Their opposites, unexceptionable (‘unobjectionable, beyond criticism’) and unexceptional (‘ordinary’), are also sometimes confused. See also unexceptionable
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