Definition of exceptionally in US English:



  • 1To a greater degree than normal; unusually.

    as submodifier ‘the weather was exceptionally mild for the time of the year’
    • ‘Neighbourhood network programmes have shown exceptionally good success rates everywhere.’
    • ‘The lambs are finished exclusively on the marsh, only coming above the high water mark for exceptionally high tides.’
    • ‘A large shuttered sash window overlooking the communal square makes this an exceptionally bright area.’
    • ‘In Mayo the results were greeted with general satisfaction by teachers and students alike with some exceptionally high marks recorded.’
    • ‘The claim submitted by the Referring Party is based on exceptionally poor material.’
    • ‘This is some very fine music by a band with an exceptionally rich collective imagination.’
    • ‘The car is also exceptionally roomy in every direction, with real lounging space in the rear.’
    • ‘Rumoured to be an exceptionally talented artist, he continues to work with oil paints today.’
    • ‘Upon receiving the sundial, my friend was exceptionally pleased with the unique gift.’
    • ‘Barriers to entry into the French political elite are exceptionally high.’
    • ‘In every vintage, this winery produced exceptionally good wines of perfect elegance.’
    • ‘The authors do an exceptionally good job in mocking the social Communism of major industrial cities of Russia.’
    • ‘Their exceptionally close relationship ended with the death of Raisa in 1999.’
    • ‘Finally, exceptionally bad weather caused serious declines in output independently of all the other factors.’
    • ‘Their upper surfaces, however, vary from convex to exceptionally flat.’
    • ‘This may, in turn, let farmers use a lower application rate without having to use exceptionally small nozzles.’
    • ‘The exceptionally strong revenues we have seen over the first six months of 2000 have changed the landscape.’
    • ‘A few years back, the publican had invested in a large extension following an exceptionally good summer.’
    • ‘Our minors have been performing exceptionally well at the moment.’
    • ‘They may come around, but the evidence will have to be exceptionally compelling.’
    unusually, uncommonly, abnormally, atypically, extraordinarily, unexpectedly, surprisingly
    outstandingly, extraordinarily, remarkably, exceedingly, especially, specially, phenomenally, prodigiously
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    1. 1.1 Only in unusual circumstances.
      ‘the court allows half an hour in most cases, one hour exceptionally for a very important case’
      • ‘He called upon the educationists to join hands for formulating a strategy that benefits all rather than exceptionally a few.’
      • ‘Scores lower than 4 were found only exceptionally.’
      • ‘Reproductions made by professional photographers can only be authorised exceptionally.’
      • ‘However, exceptionally, Parliament has affected the validity of a contract by intervening to refuse funding.’
      • ‘Exceptionally, international institutions perform functions more appropriately described as international resource management.’