[ ik-sep-shuh-nl-iz-uh m ]
/ ɪkˈsɛp ʃə nlˌɪz əm /


the condition of being exceptional; uniqueness.
the study of the unique and exceptional.
a theory that a nation, region, or political system is exceptional and does not conform to the norm.


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British Dictionary definitions for exceptionalism

/ (ɪkˈsɛpʃənəlɪzəm) /


an attitude to other countries, cultures, etc based on the idea of being quite distinct from, and often superior to, them in vital ways
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