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exception

[ ik-sep-shuhn ]
/ ɪkˈsɛp ʃən /
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noun
the act of excepting or the fact of being excepted.
something excepted; an instance or case not conforming to the general rule.
an adverse criticism, especially on a particular point; opposition of opinion; objection; demurral: a statement liable to exception.
Law.
  1. an objection, as to a ruling of the court in the course of a trial.
  2. a notation that an objection is preserved for purposes of appeal: saving an exception.
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Idioms about exception

    take exception,
    1. to make an objection; demur: They took exception to several points in the contract.
    2. to take offense: She took exception to what I said about her brother.

Origin of exception

1350–1400; Middle English excepcioun<Latin exceptiōn (stem of exceptiō), equivalent to except(us) (see except1) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM exception

ex·cep·tion·less, adjectivepre·ex·cep·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exception

exception
/ (ɪkˈsɛpʃən) /

noun
the act of excepting or fact of being excepted; omission
anything excluded from or not in conformance with a general rule, principle, class, etc
criticism, esp when it is adverse; objection
law (formerly) a formal objection in the course of legal proceedings
law a clause or term in a document that restricts the usual legal effect of the document
take exception
  1. (usually foll by to) to make objections (to); demur (at)
  2. (often foll by at) to be offended (by); be resentful (at)
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