• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Exceptant Making exception.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Female and male black bears cannot tolerate being around each other except when they breed
    • exceptant Making or implying exception.
    • n exceptant One who excepts or takes an exception, as to a ruling of a court.
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  • Joey Lauren Adams
    Joey Lauren Adams
    “A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”
  • Andre Gide
    “A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.”
  • Victor Cousin
    Victor Cousin
    “You can only govern men by serving them. The rule is without exception.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “All things grow with time -- except grief.”
  • Albert Camus
    “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and life they lead.”


Exception that proves the rule - This expression is used by many to indicate that an exception in some way confirms a rule. Others say that the exception tests the rule. In its original legal sense, it meant that a rule could sometimes be inferred from an exemption or exception. In general use, the first meaning predominates nowadays, much to the annoyance of some pedants.


In literature:

Excepting the mining regions, the population of mountainous countries is apt to be found mainly in the intermontane valleys.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
And we talked of anything except what we were thinking of, until we went upstairs.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
She was incapable of receiving any direction or motion, except that given her by the billows.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
I never saw one do it except by accident.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
There was no wind, except in the open glades between the woods, where the frozen lakes spread out like meadow intervals.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
I have no news, except that I am not quite well, and am being doctored.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
What did all this tittle-tattle about a great man prove anyhow except his greatness?
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
June was no exception.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
With few exceptions the color of the ripe cone may be classified under one of the following shades of brown or yellow.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
That's all there is about him; he is of no great count, except for his money.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner

In poetry:

There was no leaf upon the forest bare,
No flower upon the ground,
And little motion in the air
Except the mill-wheel's sound.
"A Widow Bird Sate Mourning For Her Love" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
"They used to grab it and shake it
And joggle it up and down
And turn dear Grandfather yaller
Except when they turned him brown;
"A Pastoral" by Ellis Parker Butler
Lord, mend or rather make us: one creation
Will not suffice our turn:
Except thou make us dayly, we shall spurn
Our own salvation.
"Giddinesse" by George Herbert
Never stole, save what he needed,
From the Crown woods round about;
Never lied, except when summoned—
Let the warden find him out.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
Come snow! where fly, by some strange law,
Hard snowballs--without noise--
Through streets untenanted, except
By good unconscious boys.
"The Oneness Of The Philosopher With Nature" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"And why's our bed so hard to the bones
Excepting where it's cold?"
"Oh, that's because it is precious stones
Excepting where 'tis gold.
"The Ballad of Minepit Shaw" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Though it rained off and on much of the day, it has not amounted to much (except in some places to the south and west).
Exceptional water clarity makes annual migration very visible.
That's the rule -- not the exception -- at the exhibitionist-friendly Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District, employees told The Post.
So you're in a relationship and it's great except for this minor problem.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released its annual list of most stolen vehicles and once again imported sedans rule the list, except in Texas of course.
We take apart this robot saga, except the 3D effects.
An exception is Imoya VSOP, the South African brandy considered the world's best at the 2000 International Wine and Spirit Competition in London.
Labor Day and the week or two afterward have traditionally seen about the best coho fishing locally and this year looks to be no exception.
All the polls except one had George W Bush winning, and even that survey vacillated.
Almost halfway through the second half, Drake had done almost everything it hoped to do against the University of Evansville, except hit a few more shots.
When my older sister was dying a year ago, our entire family supported her with calls and visits with the exception of our father and half-brother (my mother's son from a previous marriage).
Because there is no such thing as releasing a song on a predetermined date anymore, except perhaps if you're Kanye West, the endlessly talked-about Adele theme song for Skyfall has surfaced just after she confirmed its existence.
Except they're not ministers in the usual, services-on-Sunday sense and this is more than just a bar.
All over the world, humans eat some strange stuff, and the Southwest is no exception.
The grounds crew was no exception, as one of its workers busted out some pretty cool dance moves during field maintenance at Arlington Stadium.

In science:

With the help of an implementation of this algorithm in GAP4, we have checked Elashvili’s conjecture for the exceptional types (which, except G2 , are the remaining open cases).
Computing with nilpotent orbits in simple Lie algebras of exceptional type
Thus the covering family {Cλ} for E is a family of curves which are µ-exceptional and f g -exceptional.
Algebraic fiber space whose generic fiber and base space are of almost general type
Recently, Elduque considered super analogs of the exceptional simple Lie algebras; his method leads to a discovery of 10 new simple (presumably, exceptional) Lie superalgebras for p = 3.
New simple modular Lie superalgebras as generalized prolongs
If E is an exceptional divisor of φ then φ(E ) ⊂ SingV , i.e., E is an exceptional divisor over the singular locus of V .
Quasi Ordinary Singularities, Essential Divisors and Poincare Series
We refer to the paper for the review of the theory of exceptional bundles and exceptional collections (see also section 3.1 of for a short account of the basic definitions and some results).
Simple helices on Fano threefolds