exceptional

[ ik-sep-shuh-nl ]
/ ɪkˈsɛp ʃə nl /
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adjective

forming an exception or rare instance; unusual; extraordinary: The warm weather was exceptional for January.
unusually excellent; superior: an exceptional violinist.
Education. (of a child)
  1. being intellectually gifted.
  2. being physically or especially mentally disabled to an extent that special schooling is required.

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Origin of exceptional

First recorded in 1840–50; exception + -al1

synonym study for exceptional

1. See irregular.

OTHER WORDS FROM exceptional

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exceptional

exceptionable, exceptional
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British Dictionary definitions for exceptional

exceptional
/ (ɪkˈsɛpʃənəl) /

adjective

forming an exception; not ordinary
having much more than average intelligence, ability, or skill

Derived forms of exceptional

exceptionally, adverb
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