An exception is something that is left out or not done on purpose. An exception to a rule does not follow that rule.

This word is used for all sorts of things that are not usual or usually allowed. The saying ”i before e except after c,” is about an exception to a spelling rule. If you run every day but take Saturdays off, you're making an exception. If your teacher punishes you for being late even though you have an excuse, she might say, "I'm sorry, but I can't make an exception." When you see exception, think "Something different than usual is happening."

Definitions of exception

n an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization

“the only exception was her last child”
“an exception tests the rule”
Type of:
example, illustration, instance, representative
an item of information that is typical of a class or group

n a deliberate act of omission

“with the exception of the children, everyone was told the news”
elision, exclusion
Type of:
neglecting to do something; leaving out or passing over something

n grounds for adverse criticism

“his authority is beyond exception
taking exception; especially a quibble based on a captious argument
Type of:
the speech act of objecting

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