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exceptional

[ik-sep-shuh-nl] /ɪkˈsɛp ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
forming an exception or rare instance; unusual; extraordinary:
The warm weather was exceptional for January.
2.
unusually excellent; superior:
an exceptional violinist.
3.
Education.
  1. being intellectually gifted.
  2. being physically or especially mentally disabled to an extent that special schooling is required.
Origin of exceptional
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; exception + -al1
Related forms
exceptionality, noun
exceptionally, adverb
exceptionalness, noun
nonexceptional, adjective
nonexceptionally, adverb
preexceptional, adjective
preexceptionally, adverb
quasi-exceptional, adjective
quasi-exceptionally, adverb
superexceptional, adjective
superexceptionally, adverb
Can be confused
exceptionable, exceptional.
Synonyms
1. uncommon, singular, strange, unnatural, aberrant, anomalous. See irregular.
Antonyms
2. average.
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  • Every year he adds some fresh decoration, some new and exceptional scene.

  • Of course there's a horde of applicants, but you're exceptional; you know that.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • His next move proved that his cunning was of an exceptional order.

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  • But then he is an exceptional and note-worthy man--one among ten thousand.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • What had any of these people done that was noble, exceptional, distinguished?

    The Greater Inclination Edith Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for exceptional

exceptional

/ɪkˈsɛpʃənəl/
adjective
1.
forming an exception; not ordinary
2.
having much more than average intelligence, ability, or skill
Derived Forms
exceptionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for exceptional

1846, from exception + -al (1). Related: exceptionally.

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