Definition of exceptional adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsepʃənl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsepʃənl//
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  1. 1unusually good synonym outstanding At the age of five he showed exceptional talent as a musician. The quality of the recording is quite exceptional. See related entries: Clever
  2. 2very unusual This deadline will be extended only in exceptional circumstances. opposite unexceptional
  3. Extra examples The teacher considers Jamie’s performance truly exceptional. There is nothing exceptional about east London We will have to do something exceptional to win. Buildings of exceptional interest are classified as Grade 1. Exceptional items in the last financial year increased profits by $25 million. Exceptional students are given free tuition. He was a man of exceptional personal warmth and charm. In a few exceptional cases the treatment had alarming side effects. She’s an artist of exceptional talent. Some of these new young writers are quite exceptional. The company declared a loss after incurring exceptional charges of £5.5 billion. The deadline can be extended only in exceptional circumstances. The fund helps pensioners unable to meet exceptional expenses from their regular income. The paintings are exceptional in their quality.
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