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Definition of exceptional adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 unusually good synonym outstanding At the age of five he showed exceptional talent as a musician. The quality of the recording is exceptional.
  2. 2very unusual This deadline will be extended only in exceptional circumstances. opposite unexceptional
  3. 3(of a child) having a physical or mental disability The program helps parents of exceptional children.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: exceptional