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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.
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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)
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(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]
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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.
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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"
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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]
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The act of expressing strong or reasoned opposition:
Slang: kick.
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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
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[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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


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
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[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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


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
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n. excepción;
with the ___ ofa ___ de.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
This therefore would seem an exception to the above rule, if indeed it was a rule; but as we have in our voyage through life seen so many other exceptions to it, we chuse to dispute the doctrine on which it is founded, which we don't apprehend to be Christian, which we are convinced is not true, and which is indeed destructive of one of the noblest arguments that reason alone can furnish for the belief of immortality.
Waiving any exception that might be taken to the inaccuracy or inexplicitness of the distinction between internal and external, let us inquire what ground there is to presuppose that disinclination in the people.
The matter was mentioned to the Emperor, an exception made, and Boris transferred into the regiment of Semenov Guards with the rank of cornet.
They are all formed of volcanic rocks; a few fragments of granite curiously glazed and altered by the heat, can hardly be considered as an exception. Some of the craters, surmounting the larger islands, are of immense size, and they rise to a height of between three and four thousand feet.
All romance, like all temptation, is founded on the Fascination of the Exception. So soon as the exception becomes, instead of merely proving, the rule, that particular avenue of romance is closed.
This capacity is found nowhere else, though it might be maintained that a statement or opinion was an exception to the rule.
Irwine had heard a version of it in every parishioner's house, with the one exception of the Chase.
Thus, with the exception of the fragile memory which the author of this book here consecrates to it, there remains to-day nothing whatever of the mysterious word engraved within the gloomy tower of Notre-Dame,--nothing of the destiny which it so sadly summed up.
Now I affirm, that all these states have, without exception, fallen into excess; and also that he should not have said that one oligarchy was better than another, but that it was not quite so bad.
Clean shaven, with the exception of narrow half-whiskers.
The officers (with the exception of Wardour, who stood apart in sullen silence) all agreed, so far.
The exception in favor of the equality of suffrage in the Senate, was probably meant as a palladium to the residuary sovereignty of the States, implied and secured by that principle of representation in one branch of the legislature; and was probably insisted on by the States particularly attached to that equality.