[ ik-sep-ting ]
/ ɪkˈsɛp tɪŋ /


excluding; barring; saving; with the exception of; except: Excepting the last chapter, the book is finished.


Archaic. except; unless; save.

Origin of excepting

First recorded in 1540–50; except2 + -ing2

Related forms

non·ex·cept·ing, adjectiveun·ex·cept·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See except1.

Definition for excepting (2 of 2)


[ ik-sept ]
/ ɪkˈsɛpt /

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 forms

ex·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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British Dictionary definitions for excepting (1 of 2)


/ (ɪkˈsɛptɪŋ) /


excluding; except; except for (esp in the phrase not excepting)


an archaic word for unless


The use of excepting is considered by many people to be acceptable only after not, only, or without. Elsewhere except is preferred: every country agreed to the proposal except (not excepting) Spain; he was well again except for (not excepting) a slight pain in his chest

British Dictionary definitions for excepting (2 of 2)


/ (ɪkˈsɛpt) /


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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