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  1. the condition of being exceptional; uniqueness.
  2. the study of the unique and exceptional.
  3. a theory that a nation, region, or political system is exceptional and does not conform to the norm.
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  1. an attitude to other countries, cultures, etc based on the idea of being quite distinct from, and often superior to, them in vital ways
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