- forming an exception or rare instance; unusual; extraordinary: The warm weather was exceptional for January.
- unusually excellent; superior: an exceptional violinist.
- Education. (of a child)
- being intellectually gifted.
- being physically or especially mentally disabled to an extent that special schooling is required.
Origin of exceptional
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1. uncommon, singular, strange, unnatural, aberrant, anomalous. See irregular.
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- forming an exception; not ordinary
- having much more than average intelligence, ability, or skill
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Word Origin and History for exceptionality
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