• WordNet 3.6
    • n exception a deliberate act of omission "with the exception of the children, everyone was told the news"
    • n exception an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization; the only exception was her last child" "all her children were brilliant","an exception tests the rule"
    • n exception grounds for adverse criticism "his authority is beyond exception"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Female and male black bears cannot tolerate being around each other except when they breed
    • Exception (Law) An objection, oral or written, taken, in the course of an action, as to bail or security; or as to the decision of a judge, in the course of a trail, or in his charge to a jury; or as to lapse of time, or scandal, impertinence, or insufficiency in a pleading; also, as in conveyancing, a clause by which the grantor excepts something before granted.
    • Exception An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense; cause of offense; -- usually followed by to or against. "I will never answer what exceptions they can have against our account [relation].""He . . . took exception to the place of their burial.""She takes exceptions at your person."
    • Exception That which is excepted or taken out from others; a person, thing, or case, specified as distinct, or not included; as, almost every general rule has its exceptions . "Such rare exceptions , shining in the dark,
      Prove, rather than impeach, the just remark."
      "That proud exception to all nature's laws."
    • Exception The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction by taking out something which would otherwise be included, as in a class, statement, rule.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All the moons of the Solar System are named after Greek and Roman mythology, except the moons of Uranus, which are named after Shakespearean characters.
    • n exception The act of excepting or leaving out of count; exclusion, or the act of excluding from some number designated, or from a statement or description: as, all voted for the measure with the exception of five.
    • n exception That which is excepted, excluded, or separated from others in a general statement or description; the person or thing specified as distinct or not included: as, almost every general rule has its exceptions.
    • n exception An objection; that which is or may be offered in opposition to a rule, proposition, statement, or allegation: with to, sometimes with against.
    • n exception Objection with dislike; offense; slight anger or resentment: with at or against, but more commonly with to, and generally used with take: as, to take exception at a severe remark; to take exception to what was said.
    • n exception In law: In conveyancing, a clause in a deed taking out something from that which appears to be granted by the preceding part of the deed, by which means it is severed from the estate granted, and does not pass.
    • n exception The thing or part of the premises thus withheld.
    • n exception In equity practice, an allegation, required to be in writing, pointing out the particular matter in an adversary's pleading which is objected to as insufficient or improper.
    • n exception In common-law practice, the specific statement, required to be in writing or noted on the record, of an objection taken by a party to a ruling or decision by the court or a referee, the object being to show to the higher court to which the matter may be appealed that the ruling was adhered to and carried into effect against explicit objection, or to inform the adverse party of the precise point of the objection, or both. See bill of exceptions, below. In the Roman law exceptio was a plea similar to our confession and avoidance. Thus, such a plea would be a claim to offset a debt. In a narrower sense, however, it was restricted to the plea that an action competent in law should be excluded on the ground of equity. Such a plea was held to be dangerous, because, the facts alleged by way of exception being once disproved, the claim of the plaintiff was held to be proved as good in law by the pleading of the exceptio. Hence, probably, the maxim “The exception proves the rule” (Latin exceptio probat regulam, 11 Coke 41; French l'exception prouve la règle), which is certainly of legal origin. The words “in cases not excepted” (Latin in casibus non exceptis) are, however, commonly added; and the maxim is taken to mean that an express exception implies that the general rule is the opposite of the case mentioned.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1771 the kingdom of Poland was larger in are than any other European country except Russia and had a bigger population than any other European country except France.
    • n Exception the act of excepting: that which is excepted: exclusion: objection: offence
    • ***


  • Mark Twain
    “There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The foolish think that nothing is well done, except that which they do themselves.”
  • Aeschylus
    “Who, except the gods, can live time through forever without any pain?”
  • C. S. Robinson
    C. S. Robinson
    “There are times when God asks nothing of his children except silence, patience and tears.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
  • Barry Goldwater
    Barry Goldwater
    “It's a great country, where anybody can grow up to be president... except me.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exceptio,: cf. F. exception,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excipĕre, exceptumex, out, capĕre, to take.


In literature:

I hardly understand what gambling means, except what you've told me.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Except in the case of a spade declaration, cases in which redoubling is justifiable are very rare.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
They live in a condition of rude comfort, and poverty is practically unknown, except in the towns.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Exceptional cases occur in which this period is greatly hastened, arriving as early as the thirty-fifth year, or even earlier.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Everyone acquitted themselves creditably excepting Alfred.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
All these things are speculative and have their exceptions, as I well know.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
In the combined Province they are the most numerous caste except the Gonds.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
With this exception, the plans show the ruins as they actually are.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
Any movement not specially excepted may be executed in double time.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
My part will play along with anyone except Belle; hers with anybody except me.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith

In poetry:

It is not meet the good and just
Oblivious pass away,
And leave no record for their race,
Except a dim and fading trace,
The memory of a day.
"Hon. Phillip Ripley," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
He never saw any danger —
He never saw the " Red Light" —
Except when his wife went to the pictures
With the lodger —on Saturday night.
"The Scotch Express —From Ireland" by T W Connor
He has calld him forty marchmen bauld,
I trow they were of his ain name,
Except Sir Gilbert Elliot, calld
The Laird of Stobs, I mean the same.
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
“But hear, but hear, thou warrior youth;
I will not do battle with thee,
Except thou prove of a knightly race;
So thy lineage tell to me.”
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow
Except it be that faltering faith
Which leads the lips of life to say:
"There must be something past this death —
Lord, teach me how to pray!"
"In Memoriam~ -- Alice Fane Gunn Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall
Nor has our birth-land been excepted,
Her hundred fields all bathed in blood,
Bear the impress of truth rejected,
And scourgings of an angry God.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Do drivers ever get an exception to Interstate 5 carpool lanes.
It takes 28 days to detox from most addictive substances, and refined carbohydrates , such as white flour and white rice, are no exception.
I take exception to the Comment, "Salt reduction lowers cardiovascular risk…" by Feng He and Graham MacGregor.
It's well after midnight on the Loyola Marymount campus, and the place is deserted, except in the little fourth-floor studio of KXLU, where a couple of punk-rock vets and impresarios are the guests on Stray Pop, a weekly radio show.
But don't take it too seriously (except for the part where he's asking for money).
"But there was no space for cashiers except at the entrance," he continued.
I make it very clear, though, that our company doesn't "listen" to anything except the customer.
Here's what you need to understand about why the Suns sold the pick to Portland and not the Cavs : The Trail Blazers had a bigger trade exception than the Cavs and that was part of the deal.
Came from Trip Advisor, which recognizing the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail for its exceptional traveler ratings.
For a manufacturer to squeeze money from the stone that is my CD-player budget, his products would have to be both exceptional and affordable.
It has been well over three years since Chairlift 's exceptional debut Does You Inspire You dazzled the music world, and the wait has been worth every studio minute of it.
Maybe it was getting to sit that close to an expert bluegrass band as they bob and weave around a microphone or maybe it was the exceptional songs of Dave Wilson.
Mix all ingredients, except almonds, well in large bowl.
Reservations are accepted in the dining room, except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when it isn't open for dinner.
He had already had two careers -- magazine editor and historian -- when he began writing plays that share little with his books except a passion for politics.

In science:

Strictly speaking this is a tautology, because it is precisely the definition of exceptional invariants, but the point is that in all cases studied thus far the exceptional invariants are rare.
The Kreuzer bi-homomorphism
Using the structure of simple permutations, we strengthen the result and show that in the case of permutations, we can find a chain with all size differences of 1 except when σ is exceptional.
Simple permutations poset
If σ is an exceptional permutation, then for every m such that 3 ≤ m ≤ |σ |: • If m is odd, then σ has no simple pattern of size m. • Otherwise m is even and σ has exactly one simple pattern of size m which is the exceptional permutation of the same type as σ .
Simple permutations poset
Suppose now that π is not exceptional, then m ≥ 5 as simple permutations of size 4 are exceptional.
Simple permutations poset
A direct consequence of the preceding proposition is that all simple patterns of exceptional permutations are exceptional.
Simple permutations poset