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

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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Examples from the Web for excepted

Contemporary Examples of excepted

  • He then added, unhelpfully, “All English writers are the same; Walter Scott excepted, all lack a plot.”

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    The Birth of the Novel

    Nick Romeo

    November 27, 2014

  • The Republicans are going to oppose it to a person (well, Mark Kirk excepted, maybe).

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    Ralph Nader Has Truly Lost It

    Michael Tomasky

    July 29, 2013

  • Today he is claimed like no other 20th-century writer—Orwell not excepted—by both sides of the political spectrum.

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    Still Cool Camus

    Allen Barra

    January 2, 2010

Historical Examples of excepted

  • 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



Also: except for other than; apart from; with the exception ofhe 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


an archaic word for unless
informal except that; but for the fact thatI would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way


(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
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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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