- 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 formsex·cep·tion·less, adjectivepre·ex·cep·tion, noun
Examples from the Web for exception
The same Pediatrics journal notes that 17 states have some form of exception to the standard parental consent requirement.
With the exception of New Hampshire, Paul has not demonstrated potential enthusiasm in the early primary states.
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|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tom Teodorczuk|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, that appears to be the exception rather than the rule.
These, with the exception of a few saxifrages and daffodils of the variety muticus, were about the last flowers I saw there.
This gland, which emits an aromatic odour, is found in all Canidae, with possibly the exception of Lycaon pictus.
His surviving works were composed, with one exception, after 1620.Hours in a Library|Leslie Stephen
They accordingly repealed that statute, with the exception of the part which related to the High Commission.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
With the exception of Worcester, no English see was left in the hands of a native bishop.The English Church in the Middle Ages|William Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for exception
- (usually foll by to) to make objections (to); demur (at)
- (often foll by at) to be offended (by); be resentful (at)
Idioms and Phrases with exception
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