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  1. excluding; barring; saving; with the exception of; except: Excepting the last chapter, the book is finished.
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  1. Archaic. except; unless; save.
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Origin of excepting

First recorded in 1540–50; except2 + -ing2
Related formsnon·ex·cept·ing, adjectiveun·ex·cept·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See except1.


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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Examples from the Web for excepting

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Historical Examples

  • A blessing that is of no advantage to us excepting when we part with it.

  • He slept well, excepting when he was awakened by the roar of a bear or some other wild animal.

  • Excepting, however, in their enthusiasm, no two men could be less alike in character.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Will a five-cent tax on single purchases (excepting foodstuffs) of $5?

    War Taxation

    Otto H. Kahn

  • Excepting when he was with the army, he would never get on horseback.

    The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete

    Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans

British Dictionary definitions for excepting


  1. excluding; except; except for (esp in the phrase not excepting)
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  1. an archaic word for unless
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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


  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 excepting



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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