- an objection, as to a ruling of the court in the course of a trial.
- a notation that an objection is preserved for purposes of appeal: saving an exception.
- to make an objection; demur: They took exception to several points in the contract.
- to take offense: She took exception to what I said about her brother.
Origin of exception
Related Words for exceptionomission, privilege, anomaly, exemption, oddity, rejection, exclusion, barring, expulsion, reservation, repudiation, debarment, deviation, freak, quirk, departure, peculiarity, dispensation, eccentricity, nonconformity
Examples from the Web for exception
Contemporary Examples of exception
The same Pediatrics journal notes that 17 states have some form of exception to the standard parental consent requirement.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
With the exception of New Hampshire, Paul has not demonstrated potential enthusiasm in the early primary states.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
None of her last five movies (with the exception of an Ice Age sequel she voiced) has grossed more than $50 million.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
Mary Soames is an exception to the rule that gilded offspring endure life rather than enjoy it.Churchill’s Secret Treasures for Sale: A British PM’s Life on the Auction Block
December 8, 2014
Still, that appears to be the exception rather than the rule.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: November 23
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of exception
The Bineses, with the exception of Psyche, were at breakfast a week later.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There was, however, one exception, and that was his friend Windich (native).Explorations in Australia
This piece, with the exception of a few lines, has appeared in the Athenaeum.Poems
Never had the pinto dodged his share of honest running, and this day was no exception.Way of the Lawless
There is hardly an exception to this in the whole history of Caucasian ideas.The Conquest of Fear
- (usually foll by to)to make objections (to); demur (at)
- (often foll by at)to be offended (by); be resentful (at)
late 14c., from Anglo-French excepcioun, Old French excepcion, from Latin exceptionem (nominative exceptio), noun of action from past participle stem of excipere (see except).
The exception that proves the rule is from law: exceptio probat regulam in casibus non exceptis, "the exception proves the rule in cases not excepted;" exception here being "action of excepting" someone or something from the rule in question, not the person or thing that is excepted. To take exception is from excipere being used in Roman law as a modern attorney would say objection.
In addition to the idioms beginning with exception
- exception proves the rule, the
- except for (with the exception of)
- make an exception
- take exception to