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[ik-sept] /ɪkˈsɛpt/
verb (used with object)
to exclude; leave out:
present company excepted.
verb (used without object)
to object (usually followed by to or against):
to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
Origin of except2
1350-1400; Middle English excepten < Middle French excepter < Latin exceptāre, derivative of exceptus (see except1)
Related forms
exceptable, adjective
nonexcepted, adjective
unexceptable, adjective
unexcepted, adjective
Usage note
See accept. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • These excepted, the only survivors of this tragic scene were Capts.

  • We have excepted in favour of Little John, because he is great John, and his name is a misnomer.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • All the more prominent eminences were measured and ascended, the Kenia not excepted.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Can it be that you alone are excepted as a signal instance of Divine neglect?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • I know more about it than anyone else in the world, its present owner not excepted.

  • The Prince had the same Destiny, and was astonishd at an Order which ought to have excepted him.

  • Delaware and Pennsylvania were excepted by special royal intervention.

    The Fathers of New England Charles M. Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for excepted


Also except for. other than; apart from; with the exception of: he likes everyone except you, except for this mistake, you did very well
(conjunction) except that, but for the fact that; were it not true that
an archaic word for unless
(informal) except that; but for the fact that: I would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way
(transitive) to leave out; omit; exclude
(rare) (intransitive) often foll by to. to take exception; object
Word Origin
C14: from Old French excepter to leave out, from Latin exceptāre, from excipere to take out, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for excepted



late 14c., "to receive," from Middle French excepter (12c.), from Latin exceptus, past participle of excipere "take out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + capere "to take" (see capable). Meaning "to leave out" is from 1510s. Related: Excepted; excepting. Adjectival function led to use as a preposition, conjunction (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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