Meaning of EXCEPTIONAL in English

EXCEPTIONAL

— exceptionality , n. — exceptionally , adv. — exceptionalness , n.

/ik sep"sheuh nl/ , adj.

1. forming an exception or rare instance; unusual; extraordinary: The warm weather was exceptional for January.

2. unusually excellent; superior: an exceptional violinist.

3. Educ. (of a child)

a. being intellectually gifted.

b. being physically or esp. mentally handicapped to an extent that special schooling is required.

[ 1840-50; EXCEPTION + -AL 1 ]

Syn. 1. uncommon, singular, strange, unnatural, aberrant, anomalous. See irregular .

Ant. 2. average.

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