Definition of exception noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    exception

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ɪkˈsɛpʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1a person or thing that is not included in a general statement Most of the buildings in the town are modern, but the church is an exception. With very few exceptions, private schools get the best exam results. Nobody had much money at the time and I was no exception. Language Bankexceptmaking an exception She wrote all of the songs on the album except for the final track. Apart from/Aside from the final track, all of the songs on the album were written by her. The songwriting —with a few minor exceptions — is of a very high quality. With only one or two exceptions, the songwriting is of a very high quality. The majority of the compositions are less than three minutes long, with the notable exception of the title track. With the exception of the title track, this album is a huge disappointment. Here is a list of all the band's CDs, excluding unofficial “bootleg” recordings.
  2. 2a thing that does not follow a rule Good writing is unfortunately the exception rather than the rule (= it is unusual). There are always a lot of exceptions to grammar rules.
  3. Idioms
    make an exception
     
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    to allow someone not to follow the usual rule on one occasion Children are not usually allowed in, but I'm prepared to make an exception in this case.
    take exception to something
     
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    to object strongly to something; to be angry about something I take great exception to the fact that you told my wife before you told me. No one could possibly take exception to his comments.
    with the exception of
     
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    except; not including All his novels are set in Italy with the exception of his last. Language Bankexceptmaking an exception She wrote all of the songs on the album except for the final track. Apart from/Aside from the final track, all of the songs on the album were written by her. The songwriting —with a few minor exceptions — is of a very high quality. With only one or two exceptions, the songwriting is of a very high quality. The majority of the compositions are less than three minutes long, with the notable exception of the title track. With the exception of the title track, this album is a huge disappointment. Here is a list of all the band's CDs, excluding unofficial “bootleg” recordings.
    without exception
     
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    used to emphasize that the statement you are making is always true and everyone or everything is included All students without exception must take the English examination.
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