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'Exception'

Definition of 'exception'
From: WordNet
noun
A deliberate act of omission; "with the exception of the children, everyone was told the news" [syn: exception, exclusion, elision]
noun
An instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization; "all her children were brilliant; the only exception was her last child"; "an exception tests the rule"
noun
Grounds for adverse criticism; "his authority is beyond exception"
Definition of 'Exception'
From: GCIDE
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. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
Such rare exceptions, shining in the dark, Prove, rather than impeach, the just remark. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]
Note: Often with to. [1913 Webster]
That proud exception to all nature's laws. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
4. An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense; cause of offense; -- usually followed by to or against. [1913 Webster]
I will never answer what exceptions they can have against our account [relation]. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]
He . . . took exception to the place of their burial. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
She takes exceptions at your person. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
Synonyms of 'exception'
abjuration, abjurement, abnormality, adverse criticism, allowance, amazement, animadversion, anomaly, answer, argument, aspersion, astonishing thing, astonishment, bad notices, bad press, ban, bar, barring, beef, bitch, blockade, blockage, boycott, call into question, captiousness, carping, cavil, caviling, censoriousness, cession, challenge, charter, chucking, chucking out, circumscription, complaint, compunction, concession, condition, contempt, contradiction, conversation piece, counterstatement, criticism, curio, curiosity, debarment, debarring, declination, declining, defense, demarcation, demonstration, demur, demurrer, denial, departure, despisal, despising, diplomatic immunity, disagree with, disapproval, discard, discharge, disclamation, discounting, dismissal, disownment, disregard, embargo, exclusion, exemption, expostulation, extenuating circumstances, faultfinding, flak, franchise, freak, gazingstock, grain of salt, grant, grievance, grievance committee, hairsplitting, hedge, hedging, hit, home thrust, hostile criticism, howl, hypercriticalness, hypercriticism, ignoring, immunity, improbability, imputation, inadmissibility, indignation meeting, injunction, irregularity, kick, knock, legislative immunity, liberty, license, limitation, lockout, march, marvel, marvelment, mental reservation, miracle, modification, museum piece, nagging, narrowing, niggle, niggling, nit, nit-picking, nonacceptance, nonadmission, nonapproval, nonconsideration, nonesuch, nonviolent protest, object to, objection, obloquy, oddity, omission, oppose, overcriticalness, passing by, patent, peculiarity, permission, pestering, pettifogging, phenomenon, picketing, plea, pleading, preclusion, priggishness, privilege, prodigiosity, prodigy, prohibition, protest, protest demonstration, protestation, provision, proviso, putting away, putting out, qualification, qualm, quibble, quibbling, quirk, quite a thing, rally, rap, rarity, rebuff, rebuttal, recantation, reflection, refusal, refutation, rejection, release, relegation, remonstrance, remonstration, renouncement, reply, reproachfulness, repudiation, repulse, reservation, response, restriction, riposte, salvo, scouting, scruple, sensation, sight, sit-in, slam, something else, special case, special demurrer, special pleading, special treatment, specialness, specification, spectacle, spurning, squawk, statement of defense, stipulation, strange thing, stricture, strike, string, stunner, swipe, taboo, take exception to, taking exception, teach-in, term, throwing out, trichoschistism, turning out, waiver, wonder, wonderful thing, wonderment
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