- to exclude; leave out: present company excepted.
- to object (usually followed by to or against): to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
Origin of except2
- Also: except for other than; apart from; with the exception ofhe likes everyone except you; except for this mistake, you did very well
- except that (conjunction) but for the fact that; were it not true that
- an archaic word for unless
- informal except that; but for the fact thatI would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way
- (tr) to leave out; omit; exclude
- (intr often foll by to) rare to take exception; object
Word Origin for except
Word Origin and History for unexceptable
late 14c., "to receive," from Middle French excepter (12c.), from Latin exceptus, past participle of excipere "take out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + capere "to take" (see capable). Meaning "to leave out" is from 1510s. Related: Excepted; excepting. Adjectival function led to use as a preposition, conjunction (late 14c.).