WORD ORIGIN 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 except 2 1350–1400; Middle English excepten
Middle French excepter
Related forms ex·cept·a·ble, adjective non·ex·cept·ed, adjective un·ex·cept·a·ble, adjective un·ex·cept·ed, adjective
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for exceptable preposition Also: except for other than; apart from; with the exception of he likes everyone except you; except for this mistake, you did very well except that (conjunction) but for the fact that; were it not true that conjunction informal except that; but for the fact that I would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way verb (tr) to leave out; omit; exclude ( intr often foll by to) rare to take exception; object Word Origin for except
C14: from Old French
excepter to leave out, from Latin exceptāre, from excipere to take out, from capere to take
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for exceptable v.
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