Definition of exception noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    exception

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    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsepʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsepʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1  a 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. 2  a 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. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin exceptio(n-), from excipere ‘take out’, from ex- ‘out of’ + capere ‘take’.Extra examples Most industries have suffered badly in the recession, but there have been a few notable exceptions. Most of his family are sports enthusiasts, but he’s the exception to the rule. No parking is allowed, but an exception is made for disabled drivers. Nowadays a job for life is very much the exception rather than the rule. She asked the state Supreme Court to grant an exception. Such initiatives remain the exception, rather than the rule. The reform bill carves out several specific exceptions for treatment of health expenses. The weather had been rainy for days, and the day of the race was no exception. The whole of the island was flooded with the exception of a small area in the north. There are occasional exceptions to my generalization. There should be specific exceptions written into the plan. There was an interesting exception to this general pattern. They represent an exception to the rule. We are making a special exception for Emma because of her condition. With a few exceptions, the songwriting is very good. With a few honourable exceptions, MPs kept quiet about the corruption. With the possible exception of the US, no other nation experienced a more severe depression. Without exception, all employees must carry their identity card with them at all times. all American presidents, with the sole exception of Carter all of them - with the partial exception of Ireland the one great exception to that Children are not normally allowed in but I’m prepared to make an exception in this case. Most companies’ profits were down last year but oil producers were the exception that proves the rule. Most families were poor and mine was no exception. Unfortunately, considerate motorists are the exception rather than the rule. With a few exceptions the children can speak good French by the time they leave.Idioms
    the exception that proves the rule
     
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    (saying) people say that something is the exception that proves the rule when they are stating something that seems to be different from the normal situation, but they mean that the normal situation remains true in general Most electronics companies have not done well this year, but ours is the exception that proves the rule.
     to allow somebody 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. See related entries: Anger
    with the exception of somebody/something
     
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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.
     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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: exception