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  1. being or making an exception.
  2. disposed to take exception; objecting.
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Origin of exceptive

From the Late Latin word exceptīvus, dating back to 1555–65. See except2, -ive
Related formsex·cep·tive·ly, adverbun·ex·cep·tive, adjective
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Related Words for exceptive

demanding, dire, integral, crucial, precarious, strategic, urgent, vital, pivotal, significant, dangerous, serious, decisive, perilous, risky, acrimonious, cantankerous, carping, censorious, contrary

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Historical Examples of exceptive

  • This exceptive compliment to his skill was not so acceptable to the Doctor, whose passion boiled over at the new indignity.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • Is it not announced as a general maxim, to which there can be no exceptive case, Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof?

    A Lamp to the Path

    W. K. Tweedie

British Dictionary definitions for exceptive


  1. relating to or forming an exception
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