exceptional


exceptional
exceptional, exceptionable, although not synonyms, are liable to confusion.
Something is exceptional which is itself an exception, and so is out of the ordinary, being either extraordinary or unusual
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this is an exceptional opportunity

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the bath was habitual in the twelfth century and exceptional at the Renaissance— Henry Adams

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Something is exceptionable to which exception may be taken (that is, to which an objection may be made) and which is therefore displeasing or offensive to others
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there was nothing exceptionable in his comment

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this is something of a tour de force, in which the only exceptionable thing is a schoolboy brand of mild vulgarity— Times Lit. Sup.

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Analogous words: outstanding, remarkable, *noticeable, conspicuous, prominent, salient, signal: rare, *infrequent, uncommon, scarce: singular, unique, *strange: anomalous, *irregular
Antonyms: common (sense 3): average
Contrasted words: ordinary, familiar, popular, vulgar (see COMMON)

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  • exceptional — ex‧cep‧tion‧al [ɪkˈsepʆnəl] adjective 1. ACCOUNTING an exceptional cost etc is one that does not occur regularly: • a $34 million exceptional restructuring charge 2. very good, or much better than usual: • The last decade produced exceptional… …   Financial and business terms

  • excepţional — EXCEPŢIONÁL, Ă, excepţionali, e, adj. 1. Care face, care constituie o excepţie, care iese din comun; deosebit. 2. Foarte bun, excelent, extraordinar, remarcabil, grozav (3). ♦ (Adverbial; cu determinări introduse prin prep. de , formează… …   Dicționar Român

  • exceptional — exceptional, exceptionable These adjectives relate to different meanings of exception. Exceptional means ‘unusual, not typical’, i.e. ‘forming an exception’ in a favourable sense: • Schizophrenes are often held to be people of exceptional charm D …   Modern English usage

  • Exceptional — Ex*cep tion*al, a. [Cf. F. exceptionnel.] Forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare; hence, better than the average; superior. Lyell. [1913 Webster] This particular spot had exceptional advantages. Jowett (Th. ) {Ex*cep tion*al*ly}, adv …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exceptional — [adj1] irregular aberrant, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, deviant, distinct, extraordinary, inconsistent, infrequent, notable, noteworthy, odd, peculiar, phenomenal, rare, remarkable, scarce, singular, special, strange, uncommon, uncustomary,… …   New thesaurus

  • exceptional — [ek sep′shə nəl, iksep′shə nəl] adj. 1. constituting, or occurring as, an exception; not ordinary or average; esp., much above average in quality, ability, etc. [exceptional talents ] ☆ 2. needing special attention or presenting a special problem …   English World dictionary

  • exceptional — index atypical, best, extraordinary, individual, infrequent, irregular (not usual), notable, noteworthy …   Law dictionary

  • exceptional — 1846, from EXCEPTION (Cf. exception) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: exceptionally …   Etymology dictionary

  • exceptional — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unusual; not typical. 2) unusually good. DERIVATIVES exceptionally adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • exceptional — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ remain ▪ consider sb/sth ▪ The teacher considers Jamie s performance truly exceptional. ▪ do sth A …   Collocations dictionary


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