[ ik-sep-tiv ]
/ ɪkˈsɛp tɪv /


being or making an exception.
disposed to take exception; objecting.

Nearby words

  1. exception,
  2. exception proves the rule, the,
  3. exceptionable,
  4. exceptional,
  5. exceptionalism,
  6. excerpt,
  7. excerpta,
  8. excess,
  9. excess baggage,
  10. excess demand

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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Examples from the Web for exceptive

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for exceptive


/ (ɪkˈsɛptɪv) /


relating to or forming an exception
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