except for, if it were not for: She would travel more except for lack of money.
Origin of except1
1350–1400;Middle English: orig., past participle adj. < Latinexceptus (past participle of excipere to take out), equivalent to ex-ex-1 + -ceptus (combining form of captus, past participle of capere to take)
1. Except (more rarely excepting ), but,save point out something excluded from a general statement. Except emphasizes the excluding: Take any number except 12.But merely states the exclusion: We ate all but one.Save is now mainly found in poetic use: nothing in sight save sky and sea.
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.).