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1. The act of excepting or the condition of being excepted; exclusion.
2. One that is excepted, especially a case that does not conform to a rule or generalization.
3. An objection or a criticism: opinions that are open to exception.
4. Law A formal protest against a ruling of the trial court on a question of law, such as the admissibility of a certain piece of evidence, to make clear for the record that the issue is being preserved for a potential appeal.


1. the act of excepting or fact of being excepted; omission
2. anything excluded from or not in conformance with a general rule, principle, class, etc
3. criticism, esp when it is adverse; objection
4. (Law) law (formerly) a formal objection in the course of legal proceedings
5. (Law) law a clause or term in a document that restricts the usual legal effect of the document
6. take exception
a. (usually foll by to) to make objections (to); demur (at)
b. (often foll by at) to be offended (by); be resentful (at)


(ɪkˈsɛp ʃən)

1. the act of excepting or the fact of being excepted.
2. something excepted; an instance or case not conforming to the general rule.
3. an adverse criticism, esp. on a particular point; opposition of opinion; objection; demurral.
a. an objection, as to a ruling of the court during a trial.
b. the notation in the court record of such an objection.
take exception,
a. to make an objection; demur.
b. to take offense.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]


1. 'exception'

An exception is something or someone that a general statement does not apply to.

The troops had the support of the local population, the exception being some environmentalist groups who protested at the noise.
With a few exceptions, the writing is good.
2. 'with the exception of'

When you are mentioning an exception, you often use the expression with the exception of.

We all went, with the exception of Otto, who complained of feeling unwell.
They are all, with the exception of one Swedish coin, of Portuguese origin.
3. 'no exception'

If you want to emphasize that a general statement applies to a particular person or thing, you can say that they are no exception.

We've mentioned elsewhere the joys of many Greek islands in springtime, and Paxos is no exception.
The Monday following an outing often brings some absentees from school, and today was no exception.
4. 'without exception'

If you want to emphasize that a statement applies to all the people or things in a group, you can say that it applies to all of them without exception.

Every country without exception is committed to economic growth.
Without exception all our youngsters wanted to leave school and start work.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exception - a deliberate act of omission; "with the exception of the children, everyone was told the news"
omission - neglecting to do something; leaving out or passing over something
2.exception - 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"
example, instance, illustration, representative - an item of information that is typical of a class or group; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"
3.exception - grounds for adverse criticism; "his authority is beyond exception"
objection - the speech act of objecting
caption - taking exception; especially a quibble based on a captious argument; "a mere caption unworthy of a reply"


take exception to something object to, disagree with, take offence at, take umbrage at, be resentful of, be offended at, demur at, quibble at I take exception to being checked up on like this.
with the exception of apart from, save, barring, bar, excepting, except, other than, excluding, leaving out, omitting, not counting It was a day off for everyone, with the exception of Lawrence.
"The exception proves the rule" [John Wilson The Cheats]


The act of expressing strong or reasoned opposition:
Slang: kick.
إسْتِثْناءإسْتِثْناء، شَيء مُسْتَثْنىاِسْتِثْنَاء
ayrı tutulan kimse/şeydışındaistisnakural dışı olan şey
ngoại lệ


[ɪkˈsepʃən] Nexcepción f
to make an exceptionhacer una excepción
to take exception to sthofenderse por algo
with the exception ofa excepción de
without exceptionsin excepción
the exception proves the rulela excepción confirma la regla


[ɪkˈsɛpʃən] n
(= exclusion) → exception f
without exception → sans exception
with the exception of → à l'exception de
with few exceptions → à de rares exceptions près
(to rule)exception f
to be an exception → être une exception
to be the exception to a rule → être l'exception à une règle
to make an exception → faire une exception
it's the exception that proves the rule → c'est l'exception qui confirme la règle
to be no exception → ne pas faire exception
to take exception (= be annoyed) → être indigné(e)
to take exception to sth → s'indigner de qch


Ausnahme f; to make an exceptioneine Ausnahme machen; to make an exception of/for somebodyeine Ausnahme bei jdm/für jdn machen; without exceptionohne Ausnahme; with the exception ofmit Ausnahme von; this case is an exception to the ruledieser Fall ist eine Ausnahme, das ist ein Ausnahmefall; the exception proves the rule, this is the exception that proves the rule (prov)Ausnahmen bestätigen die Regel (prov); these strokes of luck are the exceptiondiese Glückstreffer sind die Ausnahme; with this exceptionmit der einen Ausnahme; somebody/something is no exceptionjd/etw ist or bildet keine Ausnahme
to take exception to somethingAnstoß man etw (dat)nehmen


[ɪkˈsɛpʃn] neccezione f
with the exception of → ad eccezione di, fatta eccezione per
without exception → senza eccezioni
to make an exception → fare un'eccezione
the exception proves the rule → l'eccezione conferma la regola
to take exception to → fare obiezione a, trovare da ridire su


(ikˈsept) preposition
leaving out; not including. They're all here except him; Your essay was good except that it was too long.
to leave out or exclude.
exˈcepted adjective
all European countries, Denmark excepted (= except Denmark).
exˈcepting preposition
leaving out or excluding. Those cars are all reliable, excepting the old red one.
exˈception (-ʃən) noun
1. something or someone not included. They all work hard, without exception; With the exception of Jim we all went home early.
2. something not according to the rule. We normally eat nothing at lunchtime, but Sunday is an exception.
exˈceptional adjective
(negative unexceptional) unusual; remarkable. exceptional loyalty; His ability is exceptional.
exˈceptionally adverb
unusually. exceptionally stupid.
except for
1. apart from. We enjoyed the holiday except for the expense.
2. except. Except for John, they all arrived punctually.
take exception to/at
to object to. The old lady took exception to the rudeness of the children.


اِسْتِثْنَاء výjimka undtagelse Ausnahme εξαίρεση excepción poikkeus exception izuzetak eccezione 例外 예외 uitzondering unntak wyjątek exceção исключение undantag ข้อยกเว้น dışında ngoại lệ 例外


n. excepción;
with the ___ ofa ___ de.
References in classic literature ?
Yet some striking exceptions there are among us, from the fact that the negro is naturally more impressible to religious sentiment than the white.
With these exceptions, and the press and the clergy, the free list is strict- ly susPended.
He runs his eye down and finds that there are more exceptions to the rule than instances of it.
There are, however, some painful exceptions to this rule.
These, however, were only the exceptions required to prove the rule that the sparrows in the plane-tree behind the house, and the echoes in the corner before it, had their own way from Sunday morning unto Saturday night.
They did, however, survive as a people, and some of the ancient Saxon families possessed wealth and power, although they were exceptions to the humble condition of the race in general.
With very few and trivial exceptions, every part of it was made in the United States.
It has indeed happened, that governments of this kind have generally operated in the manner which the distinction taken notice of, supposes to be inherent in their nature; but there have been in most of them extensive exceptions to the practice, which serve to prove, as far as example will go, that there is no absolute rule on the subject.
If, in a few scattered instances, a brighter aspect is presented, they serve only as exceptions to admonish us of the general truth; and by their lustre to darken the gloom of the adverse prospect to which they are contrasted.
With very few exceptions, all the so-called Socialist and Communist publications that now (1847) circulate in Germany belong to the domain of this foul and enervating literature.
Here some light-minded person may exclaim against the truth of this statement; they will say that there is not in all France a girl so silly as to be ignorant of the art of angling for men; that Mademoiselle Cormon is one of those monstrous exceptions which commonsense should prevent a writer from using as a type; that the most virtuous and also the silliest girl who desires to catch her fish knows well how to bait the hook.
The angles of a Square (and still more those of an equilateral Triangle), being much more pointed than those of a Pentagon, and the lines of inanimate objects (such as houses) being dimmer than the lines of Men and Women, it follows that there is no little danger lest the points of a square or triangular house residence might do serious injury to an inconsiderate or perhaps absent-minded traveller suddenly therefore, running against them: and as early as the eleventh century of our era, triangular houses were universally forbidden by Law, the only exceptions being fortifications, powder-magazines, barracks, and other state buildings, which it is not desirable that the general public should approach without circumspection.