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exceptional

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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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RELATED WORDS

abnormally, especially, particularly

Nearby words

excepted, excepting, exception, exception proves the rule, the, exceptionable, exceptional, exceptionalism, exceptive, excerpt, excerpta, excess

Origin of exceptional

First recorded in 1840–50; exception + -al1
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exceptional

/ (ɪkˈsɛpʃənəl) /

adjective

forming an exception; not ordinary
having much more than average intelligence, ability, or skill
Derived Formsexceptionally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for exceptionally

exceptional


1846, from exception + -al (1). Related: exceptionally.

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