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1. Being an exception; uncommon: This town is exceptional for the region in having a high tax rate.
2. Well above average; extraordinary: an exceptional memory.
3. Deviating widely from a norm, as of physical or mental ability: special educational provisions for exceptional children.

ex·cep′tion·al′i·ty, ex·cep′tion·al·ness n.
ex·cep′tion·al·ly (-shə-năl′ĭ-tē) adv.
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(ɪkˌsɛpʃənˈælɪtɪ) or


the quality of being exceptional
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