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Open or liable to objection or disapproval: "We can't have perfection ... I must sustain his administration as a whole, even if there are ... things that are exceptionable" (Harriet Beecher Stowe).

ex·cep′tion·a·bil′i·ty n.
ex·cep′tion·a·bly adv.


open to or subject to objection; objectionable
exˈceptionableness n
exˈceptionably adv


(ɪkˈsɛp ʃə nə bəl)

liable to exception or objection; objectionable.
ex•cep′tion•a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exceptionable - liable to objection or debate; used of something one might take exception to; "a thoroughly unpleasant highly exceptionable piece of writing"; "found the politician's views objectionable"
unacceptable - not acceptable; not welcome; "a word unacceptable in polite society"; "an unacceptable violation of personal freedom"




[ɪkˈsepʃənəbl] ADJ [conduct] → censurable, objetable; [proposal] → impugnable, refutable


adj (form)
(= arguable)anfechtbar, bestreitbar
(= objectionable)anstößig
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But if such an hypothesis be indeed exceptionable, there were still additional considerations which, though not so strictly according with the wildness of his ruling passion, yet were by no means incapable of swaying him.
He certainly was to blame occasionally for the asperity of his manners, and the arbitrary nature of his measures, yet much that is exceptionable in this part of his conduct may be traced to rigid notions of duty acquired in that tyrannical school, a ship of war, and to the construction given by his companions to the orders of Mr.
This exceptionable principle may, as truly as emphatically, be styled the parent of anarchy: It has been seen that delinquencies in the members of the Union are its natural and necessary offspring; and that whenever they happen, the only constitutional remedy is force, and the immediate effect of the use of it, civil war.
The least exceptionable pupil was the poor little Sylvie I have mentioned once before.
We can't have perfection; and if I keep him, I must sustain his administration as a whole, even if there are, now and then, things that are exceptionable. All government includes some necessary hardness.
Although the easy eighteenth-century conventions of her youth allowed her to read what she later termed the "impassioned and most exceptionable parts of Richardson," and, as we shall see, the more indelicate portions of Shakespeare, even male authors by the turn of the century could no longer speak freely of plackets and bosoms.
However, they find Attridge's non-allegorical reading exceptionable. In their opinion, Attridge promotes a kind of reading which "relies heavily on a process of identification between readers and protagonists that actually amounts to a variation on allegorical theme" (159).
That tactic may be exceptionable, but it is not exceptional in light of the fact that [opposing counsel] escalated the matter on redirect: there was a notable pause in trial ascounsel tried to locate either [the first lawyers] hair or a pair of scissors with which to cut his own hair before settling on the use of a paper clip as a demonstrative.
Asi, son tantas y tan diversas las excepciones e interpretaciones a que debe ser sometido el principio de autonomia, que habria que otorgarle, en primer lugar, un caracter "exceptionable" cada vez que su aplicacion conduzca a resultados problematicos; y en segundo lugar, integrarlo con otro grupo de principios o valores, como los de beneficencia o justicia, ya que se reconoce que son numerosas las situaciones en que el peso de la autonomia es minimo y el de la no-maleficencia y beneficencia maximos.
an immoral tendensy should be prohibited;--every exceptionable play, now
Governor Wright, who as the colony's largest slave owner had a personal stake in the question, defended Georgia's increasingly rigid and harsh slave codes using these terms: "such Laws to a Briton who has not been in America, & has no Idea of Slavery, may, nay must Seem Contrary to the Laws of England, &c almost totally exceptionable, but we Cannot do without them here." (87) Wright was both right and wrong.
When the latter was up for consideration, he wrote a hasty letter to Adams's Treasury secretary Oliver Wolcott, noting its "highly exceptionable" provisions and expressing concern that they "may endanger civil War." (8) It is difficult to determine the precise objections from the short letter, and Hamilton indicated he would convey them verbally the following day.

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