exception [ ik- sep-sh uh n ] SHOW IPA / ɪkˈsɛp ʃən / PHONETIC RESPELLING WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun the act of excepting or the fact of being excepted. something excepted; an instance or case not conforming to the general rule. an adverse criticism, especially on a particular point; opposition of opinion; objection; demurral: a statement liable to exception. . Law 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. Nearby words excementosis, except, except for, excepted, excepting, exception proves the rule, the, exceptionable, exceptional, exceptionalism, exceptive Idioms take 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 1350–1400; Middle English excepcioun
), equivalent to
-iōn- -ion Related forms ex·cep·tion·less, adjective pre·ex·cep·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for exceptionless noun the act of excepting or fact of being excepted; omission anything excluded from or not in conformance with a general rule, principle, class, etc criticism, esp when it is adverse; objection law (formerly) a formal objection in the course of legal proceedings law a clause or term in a document that restricts the usual legal effect of the document take exception ( usually foll by to) to make objections (to); demur (at) ( often foll by at) to be offended (by); be resentful (at)
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Word Origin and History for exceptionless n.
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).
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with exceptionless
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
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