Definition of exceptional in English:

exceptional

adjective

  • 1Unusual; not typical.

    ‘crimes of exceptional callousness and cruelty’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It can only be displaced by unusual or exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘Bidding on rare and unusual items in exceptional condition was very aggressive, pushing prices to new highs.’
    • ‘My old laptop was retired because of a really weird problem, which was that the computer would only start in exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘There is currently some 30,000 farmers receiving exceptional circumstances drought relief.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In exceptional circumstances, proposals or amendments could be introduced after the circulation of the agenda.’
    • ‘While superficially complex, this was not an exceptional case.’
    • ‘Independent appeal panels are also to be advised that such decisions should only be overturned under exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘This is certainly a very unique case, a very exceptional set of circumstances.’
    • ‘There are rare and exceptional circumstances in existence in this case.’
    • ‘Again, there is no suggestion here that paying more than would be justified on a strict royalty calculation is an unusual or exceptional practice.’
    • ‘Applications for damage to cars or non-essential items will not normally be considered, other than in exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘This irrational checklist has nothing to do with pasta or pizzas, or indeed with the food at all - except in exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘We will publish manuscripts over 30,000 words only under exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘‘Although this may be increased in very exceptional circumstances,’ said Debbie.’
    • ‘The judge awarded costs because of the exceptional circumstances.’
    • ‘He said that the exceptional permission for the unusual ceremony had been granted because his grandmother had herself served as a Wren.’
    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 pepper offering exceptional flavor and juiciness’
      • ‘Reed has been fielding some punts in practice, and he is an exceptional athlete with big-play ability.’
      • ‘Ted was a remarkable and exceptional man, who just happened to also live for 106 years.’
      • ‘This is a sure bet because carbon has an exceptional ability to link up with other atoms into long chains, or polymers.’
      • ‘It is the combination of exceptional memory and calculating ability which seems to combine in many of those we consider.’
      • ‘His two points were superb efforts and his overall display marked him out as a player of exceptional ability.’
      • ‘Bernard's exceptional rugby ability has not gone unnoticed and he has recently been invited to play rugby with Leinster.’
      • ‘Writers are liked or disliked for something much vaster than their exceptional ability with language.’
      • ‘The Savage bolt action has always provided outstanding accuracy and exceptional value for the money.’
      • ‘So far, so good, as most of the items on the menu are of reasonable price, significant size and exceptional flavor.’
      • ‘The style of government directed by Henry II and his sons was exceptional for its penetrative ability and aggressive quality.’
      • ‘Some autistic children show, at an unusually early age, exceptional abilities in music, graphic art or arithmetic.’
      • ‘The breed is also noted for its endurance ability, and its exceptional disposition.’
      • ‘Hawkins doesn't have exceptional coverage ability but is aggressive and physical.’
      • ‘And Kaushik, who had an exceptional ability in identifying the cars manufactured worldwide.’
      • ‘The Dolby Digital 5.1 also sounds exceptional, with outstanding separation in the mix.’
      • ‘McDaniel has functional speed but exceptional instincts and playmaking ability.’
      • ‘She also had the exceptional ability to recall vividly small incidents in her life, and recount them without any exaggeration.’
      • ‘Williams has exceptional hands and leaping ability and can beat linebackers deep with his speed.’
      • ‘Lincoln appears to have been a man who loved to laugh and used his exceptional story telling ability to his advantage.’
      • ‘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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    2. 1.2US (of a child) mentally or physically disabled so as to require special schooling.
      ‘helping parents of exceptional children’
      • ‘Talking about his son who has Downs Syndrome he points out that they are exceptional children or people, who want to be loved, the same as we all do.’
      • ‘Schools receive little money from state or federal sources to offset disabled students' exceptional needs.’
      • ‘Ramesh's impeded mobility and poor physical conditioning were exceptional.’
      • ‘He cannot then be made liable for the exceptional child that strays, nor will he be required to prove that any particular parent has been negligent.’
      • ‘He even realized that the young man was exceptional, but not exactly in a good way.’
      • ‘In his other life, Dale is an unprofessional musician and the father of two exceptional children.’

Usage

See exceptionable

Pronunciation

exceptional

/ˌɪkˈsɛpʃ(ə)n(ə)l//ˌikˈsepSH(ə)n(ə)l/