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verb (used with object)
  1. to exclude; leave out: present company excepted.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to object (usually followed by to or against): to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
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Origin of except2

1350–1400; Middle English excepten < Middle French excepter < Latin exceptāre, derivative of exceptus (see except1)
Related formsex·cept·a·ble, adjectivenon·ex·cept·ed, adjectiveun·ex·cept·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·cept·ed, adjective

Usage note

See accept.
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Related Words

exclude, bate, object, bar, exempt, omit, expostulate, disallow, protest, suspend, eliminate, reject, ban, debar, taboo, remonstrate, inveigh

Examples from the Web for excepted

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Historical Examples

  • These excepted, the only survivors of this tragic scene were Capts.

  • We have excepted in favour of Little John, because he is great John, and his name is a misnomer.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • All the more prominent eminences were measured and ascended, the Kenia not excepted.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • Can it be that you alone are excepted as a signal instance of Divine neglect?

  • I know more about it than anyone else in the world, its present owner not excepted.

British Dictionary definitions for excepted


  1. Also: except for other than; apart from; with the exception ofhe likes everyone except you; except for this mistake, you did very well
  2. except that (conjunction) but for the fact that; were it not true that
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  1. an archaic word for unless
  2. informal except that; but for the fact thatI would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way
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  1. (tr) to leave out; omit; exclude
  2. (intr often foll by to) rare to take exception; object
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French excepter to leave out, from Latin exceptāre, from excipere to take out, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for excepted



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.).

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