- 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.
- except for,
- exception proves the rule, the,
- 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
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They accordingly repealed that statute, with the exception of the part which related to the High Commission.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington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
- (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