Exception \Ex*cep"tion\ ([e^]k*s[e^]p"sh[u^]n), n. [L. exceptio:
cf. F. exception.]
1. The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction
by taking out something which would otherwise be included,
as in a class, statement, rule.
2. That which is excepted or taken out from others; a person,
thing, or case, specified as distinct, or not included;
as, almost every general rule has its exceptions.
Such rare exceptions, shining in the dark,
Prove, rather than impeach, the just remark.
Note: Often with to.
That proud exception to all nature's laws.
3. (Law) An objection, oral or written, taken, in the course
of an action, as to bail or security; or as to the
decision of a judge, in the course of a trail, or in his
charge to a jury; or as to lapse of time, or scandal,
impertinence, or insufficiency in a pleading; also, as in
conveyancing, a clause by which the grantor excepts
something before granted. --Burrill.
4. An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense;
cause of offense; -- usually followed by to or against.
I will never answer what exceptions they can have
against our account [relation]. --Bentley.
He . . . took exception to the place of their
She takes exceptions at your person. --Shak.
Bill of exceptions (Law), a statement of exceptions to the
decision, or instructions of a judge in the trial of a
cause, made for the purpose of putting the points decided
on record so as to bring them before a superior court or
the full bench for review.