Meaning of EXCEPTION in English

/ ɪkˈsepʃn; NAmE / noun


a person or thing that is not included in a general statement :

Most of the buildings in the town are modern, but the church is an exception.

With very few exceptions, private schools get the best exam results.

Nobody had much money at the time and I was no exception .


a thing that does not follow a rule :

Good writing is unfortunately the exception rather than the rule (= it is unusual) .

There are always a lot of exceptions to grammar rules.


- the exception that proves the rule

- make an exception

- take exception to sth

- with the exception of

- without exception



late Middle English : via Old French from Latin exceptio(n-) , from excipere take out, from ex- out of + capere take.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.