exception

exception
ex|cep|tion
W2S2 [ıkˈsepʃən] n [U and C]
1.) something or someone that is not included in a general statement or does not follow a rule or pattern
It's been cold, but today's an exception.
with the exception of sb/sth
We all laughed, with the exception of Maggie.
without exception
Each plant, without exception, contains some kind of salt.
notable/important/significant exception
With one or two notable exceptions , there are few women conductors.
minor/major exception
With a few minor exceptions, the new edition is much like the previous one.
The law applies to all EU countries; Britain is no exception .
We don't usually accept checks, but for you we'll make an exception (=not include you in this rule) .
The spelling of this word is an interesting exception to the rule .
Successful two-career couples are still the exception, not the rule (=used to emphasize that something is unusual) .
2.) sb/sth is the exception that proves the rule
spoken used to say that the fact that something is not true or does not exist in one situation emphasizes the fact that it is true or exists in general
Most people here are very dedicated; I'm afraid Rhea's the exception that proves the rule.
3.) take exception to sth
to be angry or upset because of something
Tom took great exception to my remark about Americans.

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  • exception — [ ɛksɛpsjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1243 dr.; lat. exceptio, de excipere « retirer, excepter » → exciper 1 ♦ Action d excepter. Il ne sera fait aucune exception à cette consigne. ⇒ dérogation, restriction. Faire une exception pour qqn, en faveur de qqn. Faire… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • exception — ex·cep·tion n 1: something that is excepted or excluded; esp: a situation to which a rule does not apply the supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exception s, and under such regulations as the… …   Law dictionary

  • exception — Exception. s. f. v. L action par laquelle on excepte. Faire exception, une exception, sans exception. n y a t il point d exception? il n y a regle si generale qui n ait son exception. cela ne souffre point d exception. l exception confirme la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • exception — et clause qui borne une generalité, Exceptio. Bailler exception, Dare exceptionem. Bailler toute puissance et authorité sans aucune exception, Infinitum imperium dare alicui, B. Ceste exception arreste le demandeur tout court, Haec obiecta… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • exception — [ek sep′shən, iksep′shən] n. [ME excepcioun < OFr exception < L exceptio] 1. an excepting or being excepted; omission; exclusion 2. anything that is excepted; specif., a) a case to which a rule, general principle, etc. does not apply b) a… …   English World dictionary

  • exception — late 14c., from Anglo Fr. excepcioun, O.Fr. excepcion, from L. exceptionem (nom. exceptio), noun of action from pp. stem of excipere (see EXCEPT (Cf. except)). The exception that proves the rule is from law: exceptio probat regulam in casibus non …   Etymology dictionary

  • exception — ► NOUN 1) a person or thing that is excepted or that does not follow a rule. 2) the action of excepting or the state of being excepted. ● the exception proves the rule Cf. ↑the exception proves the rule ● take exception to Cf. ↑ta …   English terms dictionary

  • Exception — Ex*cep tion ([e^]k*s[e^]p sh[u^]n), n. [L. exceptio: cf. F. exception.] 1. The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction by taking out something which would otherwise be included, as in a class, statement, rule. [1913 Webster] 2. That …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exception — The proverb the exception proves the rule means ‘the existence of an exception shows that a rule exists in those cases that are not exceptions’. It should not be used to mean ‘the exception becomes the rule’, although this is often found …   Modern English usage

  • Exception — may refer to: * An action that is not part of ordinary operations or standards * exception handling * Exception (song), the second single from Ana Johnsson s second album Little Angel *Exceptional Records …   Wikipedia

  • exception — [n1] leaving out barring, debarment, disallowment, excepting, exclusion, excusing, expulsion, noninclusion, omission, passing over, rejection, repudiation, reservation; concepts 25,30,211 Ant. admittal, admittance, allowance, inclusion exception… …   New thesaurus

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