Definitions of exception

  1. a deliberate act of omission; "with the exception of the children, everyone was told the news" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization; "all her children were brilliant; the only exception was her last child"; "an exception tests the rule" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction by taking out something which would otherwise be included, as in a class, statement, rule. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That which is excepted or taken out from others; a person, thing, or case, specified as distinct, or not included; as, almost every general rule has its exceptions. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An objection, oral or written, taken, in the course of an action, as to bail or security; or as to the decision of a judge, in the course of a trail, or in his charge to a jury; or as to lapse of time, or scandal, impertinence, or insufficiency in a pleading; also, as in conveyancing, a clause by which the grantor excepts something before granted. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense; cause of offense; - usually followed by to or against. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The act of omitting; omission; exclusion; objection; offense taken. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. The act of excepting or excluding from a number designated, or from a description; exclusion; as, all voted for the bill, with the exception of five; "He doth deny his prisoners but with proviso and exception."-Shak.: exclusion from what is comprehended in a general rule or proposition-sometimes, though rarely, with to; "Let the money be raised on land, with an exception to some of the more barren parts, that might be tax free."-Addison: that which is excepted, excluded, or separated from others in a general description; the person or thing specified as distinct or not included; as, almost every general rule has its exceptions; an objection; that which is or may be offered in opposition to a rule, proposition, statement, or allegation-with to; sometimes with against; "I will answer what exceptions he can have against our account."-Bentley: objection with dislike; offence; slight anger or resentment-with at or against, but more commonly with to, and generally used with take; as, to take exception at a severe remark; to take exception to what was said; " Roderigo, thou hast taken against me an exception."-Shak.: in law (a) the denial of what is alleged and considered as valid by the other party, either in point of law or in pleading; a denial of a matter alleged in bar to an action; an allegation against the sufficiency of an answer; it is a stop or stay to an action, and it is either dilatory or peremptory: (b) a clause by which the grantor of a deed excepts something before granted, as when having disposed of a house a particular room is excepted from the same. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Exclusion; something excepted; objection. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act of excluding or leaving out of a certain number; that which is excluded or separated from others; the person or thing not included; an objection; dislike; slight offence taken; a saving clause in a formal writing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for exception

  1. With scarcely an exception they all had the same strange look, the same absence of gesture. – The Pretty Lady by Arnold E. Bennett
  2. I am very well, without exception – Records of a Girlhood by Frances Ann Kemble