Bill of exceptions
Exception Ex*cep"tion ([e^]k*s[e^]p"sh[u^]n), n. [L. exceptio: cf. F. exception.] 1. The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction by taking out something which would otherwise be included, as in a class, statement, rule. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Such rare exceptions, shining in the dark, Prove, rather than impeach, the just remark. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Note: Often with to. [1913 Webster]

That proud exception to all nature's laws. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. (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. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

4. An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense; cause of offense; -- usually followed by to or against. [1913 Webster]

I will never answer what exceptions they can have against our account [relation]. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]

He . . . took exception to the place of their burial. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

She takes exceptions at your person. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Bill of exceptions} (Law), a statement of exceptions to the decision, or instructions of a judge in the trial of a cause, made for the purpose of putting the points decided on record so as to bring them before a superior court or the full bench for review. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bill of exceptions — see bill 3a Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. bill of exceptions …   Law dictionary

  • Bill of exceptions — Bill Bill, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille), for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. {Bull} papal edict, {Billet} a paper.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bill of exceptions — a statement of exceptions to the rulings or decision of a judge in the trial of a cause made for the purpose of a writ of error or an appeal to a superior court * * * bill of exceptions A statement of objections by way of appeal against the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bill of exceptions — The means provided by law for importing into the judgment roll or decision matters dehors the record which are dependent for their authenticity on the signature of the trial court or on a prescribed procedure. It is intended to complete the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • joint bill of exceptions — A bill of exceptions filed by appellant in which the respondent has incorporated his exceptions. 4 Am J2d A & E § 440 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • skeleton bill of exceptions — A bill of exceptions which does not contain the evidence or rulings, but instead contains directions to the clerk of the trial court as to the parts of the transcript which are to be copied into the record for the appellate court. 4 Am J2d A & E… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • narrative bill of exceptions — A bill of exceptions in narrative form as distinguished from a verbatim transcript of the evidence. 4 Am J2d A & E § 435 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • fast bill of exceptions — A bill of exceptions which is entitled to review by the higher court without the usual delay. Sewell v Edmonston, 66 Ga 353 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • term bill of exceptions — A bill of exceptions showing matters which occurred prior to the trial. Robinson v Field, 342 Mo 778, 117 SW2d 308 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • multiple bill of exceptions — One bill embracing several exceptions. 4 Am J2d A & E § 428 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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