Definition of exceptionable in US English:



  • Open to objection; causing disapproval or offense.

    ‘his drawings are almost the only exceptionable part of his work’
    • ‘The word ‘weird’ seems a bit extreme, with ‘surprising’ being less exceptionable, but McKeon put the bat on the ball.’
    • ‘So far as the fees of those instructing me are concerned, the hourly rate of £1.20 I submit is not exceptionable.’
    • ‘There is nothing intrinsically wrong with, or legally exceptionable about, that.’
    • ‘As conspiracy, it's too probable to be either exceptionable or particularly interesting.’
    • ‘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.’
    offensive, unpleasant, disagreeable, distasteful, displeasing, unacceptable, off-putting, undesirable, obnoxious
    objectionable, offensive, disagreeable, obnoxious, repugnant, disgusting, abhorrent, unpleasant, distasteful, displeasing, unacceptable, deplorable, reprehensible, contemptible, insufferable, intolerable, insupportable, beyond the pale, out of line
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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