♦♦♦exceptions1) N-COUNT: oft with the N of n, with N An exception is a particular thing, person, or situation that is not included in a general statement, judgement, or rule.
Few guitarists can sing as well as they can play; Eddie, however, is an exception...
There were no floral offerings at the ceremony, with the exception of a single red rose...
The law makes no exceptions...
With few exceptions, guests are booked for week-long visits.2) PHRASE: v-link PHR (emphasis) If you make a general statement, and then say that something or someone is no exception, you are emphasizing that they are included in that statement.
Marketing is applied to everything these days, and books are no exception...
Most people have no real idea how to change to healthy food, and Maureen was no exception.3) PHRASE: exception and V inflect, usu v-link PHR If you are making a general statement and you say that something is the exception that proves the rule, you mean that although it seems to contradict your statement, in most other cases your statement will be true.
On the surface, selling arms to a country that sponsors terrorism is clearly wrong, but it's the exception sometimes that proves the rule.4) PHRASE: V inflects If you take exception to something, you feel offended or annoyed by it, usually with the result that you complain about it.
He also took exception to having been spied on...
And the problem is that they take exception to any kind of noise whatsoever.Syn:5) PHR-PREP You use with the exception of to introduce a thing or person that is not included in a general statement that you are making.
Yesterday was a day off for everybody, with the exception of Lawrence...
In virtually every sport, with the possible exception of women's gymnastics, the players are now bigger and stronger than before.6) PHRASE: PHR with cl/group, PHR after v (emphasis) You use without exception to emphasize that the statement you are making is true in all cases.
The vehicles are without exception old, rusty and dented...
Almost without exception those convicted were our friends and colleagues.
English dictionary. 2008.
Look at other dictionaries:
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