• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Exceptive That excepts; including an exception; as, an exceptive proposition. "A particular and exceptive law."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are around 2,600 different species of frogs. They live on every continent except Antarctica.
    • exceptive Making or constituting an exception.
    • exceptive Disposed to take exception; inclined to object.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are songs in all of Shakespeare's plays except The Comedy of Errors.
    • Exceptive including, making, or being an exception
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  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Some theories are good for nothing except to be argued about.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “Nothing can be done except little by little.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Some people study all their life, and at death they have learned everything except how to think.”
  • Erich Fromm
    “Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains -- except kill it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Everything in this life takes longer than you think except life itself.”
  • Margaret Sackville
    Margaret Sackville
    “Laughter is ever young, whereas tragedy, except the very highest of all, quickly becomes haggard.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excipĕre, exceptumex, out, capĕre, to take.


In literature:

All went well for a while, except for an accident for which I was to blame.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
Nobody knew except Arabella and me.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
One important exception to this statement is worthy of note.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
By the simple act of falling in love with her he had endowed her with every virtue except the ones that she actually possessed.
"Life and Gabriella" by Ellen Glasgow
I had nothing in the world except my baby, and my baby had nothing in the world except me.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
All except pivot man execute two right obliques.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
There is the absence of all my children, Anne excepted, from our little family festival.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
The children liked "Auntie Hester," but without enthusiasm, except Regie, the eldest, who loved her as himself.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
I have seen nothing of young people, except at balls.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
I saw nothing of any consequence except rapids which are horrid things, and make one quite nervous.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith

In poetry:

Except for the leaves: those lashes of our
thinking and dreaming and drinking sight.
The spherical radiance, the Old English
look, the sum of our being, "hath perced
"Ann Arbor Variations" by Frank O Hara
Perhaps twas well that thou should'st die,
Ere sin and shame were known to thee ;
Ere tears had dimm'd thy deep blue eye,
Except 'twere those that flow'd for me, —
"Stanzas to Mary" by Mary Anne Browne
Thy sweet words vanish day by day,
As all breath of mortality;
Thy laughter, done, must cease to be,
And all thy dear tones pass away,
Except the few that sing to me.
""My Fair, no beauty of thine will last"" by Alice Meynell
And think you that I should be dumb,
Excepting when YOU choose to come
And share my dinner?
At other times be sour and glum
And daily thinner?
"A Valentine" by Lewis Carroll
Who will know? Whose hand will help along?
No exception to the rule, one thing entrances!
They eternally await embraces,
They eternally await, "I'm thirsty! Be my own!"
"Lady With Camelias" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
We sing the beautiful, the radiant life
That shone amongst us like the quiet moon,
A fine exception in this sphere of strife,
Whose time went by us like a hallowed tune.
"In Memoriam — Nicol Drysdale Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall

In news:

In the last eight years — except for long weekends — the only time I missed work was my honeymoon.
It plays well everywhere else in the world except here.
Romney was against the bailout before he was for it, except not the bailout that happened, or something like that.
And how many except ours recognize the right to keep and bear arms.
There's never a dull moment in the financial services world, and this week was no exception.
The class, from 6 to 6:55 pm, continues Wednesdays through Dec 12, except Nov 21.
A gorgeous reclaiming of the old Chez Gaudy, with carefully prepared, exceptionally good food.
The 2012 presidential election is finally over, except for Florida, where they are still counting.
Except it was the final game of the season.
Except with sound, of course.
USDA reports frequently move markets and last week's first supply/demand for the 2012 grain and oilseed crops was no exception.
There was nothing left of the house except the foundation, and miraculously, two people were pulled out of the rubble alive by neighbors.
' Normally this wouldn't be believable except we all know the sun can do some real damage to skin if you stay out too long.
Marijuana is an illegal drug except with a doctor's prescription.
Jen Painovich receives 'Most Exceptional Teacher' award.

In science:

In case (1), for each i = 1, 2, Yi is a Seifert fibered space over a disk with two exceptional fibers, over an annulus with one or zero exceptional fibers, or over a twice punctured disk with no exceptional fibers.
Stabilizations of Heegaard splittings of graph manifolds
Here, since ∂Y1 contains the two components of Θ′ , it is straightforward to check that 3 ≤ a(M , ∂1M , ∂2M ) ≤ 4, with a(M , ∂1M , ∂2M ) = 3 if and only if Y1 is a Seifert fibered space over an annulus with zero or one exceptional fibers, or over a twice punctured disk with no exceptional fibers.
Stabilizations of Heegaard splittings of graph manifolds
Arcs that cut B into k − 1 disks each containing an exceptional point if k ≥ 2, or one disk with one or no exceptional points if k ≤ 1.
Stabilizations of Heegaard splittings of graph manifolds
The main feature of a fundamental 2-complex G for X is that X cut along G is a disjoint union of solid tori with an exceptional fiber in each solid torus if k ≥ 1, or a single solid torus containing no exceptional fibers if k = 0.
Stabilizations of Heegaard splittings of graph manifolds
Finally, suppose that k = 0 and c(Υ) = −1 so that Υ contains no exceptional fibers or components of ∂M and none of the Ui , 1 ≤ i ≤ r , contain exceptional fibers.
Stabilizations of Heegaard splittings of graph manifolds