Exception
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]


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  • exception — ex·cep·tion n 1: something that is excepted or excluded; esp: a situation to which a rule does not apply the supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exception s, and under such regulations as the… …   Law dictionary

  • exception — Exception. s. f. v. L action par laquelle on excepte. Faire exception, une exception, sans exception. n y a t il point d exception? il n y a regle si generale qui n ait son exception. cela ne souffre point d exception. l exception confirme la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • exception — et clause qui borne une generalité, Exceptio. Bailler exception, Dare exceptionem. Bailler toute puissance et authorité sans aucune exception, Infinitum imperium dare alicui, B. Ceste exception arreste le demandeur tout court, Haec obiecta… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • exception — [ek sep′shən, iksep′shən] n. [ME excepcioun < OFr exception < L exceptio] 1. an excepting or being excepted; omission; exclusion 2. anything that is excepted; specif., a) a case to which a rule, general principle, etc. does not apply b) a… …   English World dictionary

  • exception — late 14c., from Anglo Fr. excepcioun, O.Fr. excepcion, from L. exceptionem (nom. exceptio), noun of action from pp. stem of excipere (see EXCEPT (Cf. except)). The exception that proves the rule is from law: exceptio probat regulam in casibus non …   Etymology dictionary

  • exception — ► NOUN 1) a person or thing that is excepted or that does not follow a rule. 2) the action of excepting or the state of being excepted. ● the exception proves the rule Cf. ↑the exception proves the rule ● take exception to Cf. ↑ta …   English terms dictionary

  • exception — The proverb the exception proves the rule means ‘the existence of an exception shows that a rule exists in those cases that are not exceptions’. It should not be used to mean ‘the exception becomes the rule’, although this is often found …   Modern English usage

  • Exception — may refer to: * An action that is not part of ordinary operations or standards * exception handling * Exception (song), the second single from Ana Johnsson s second album Little Angel *Exceptional Records …   Wikipedia

  • exception — [n1] leaving out barring, debarment, disallowment, excepting, exclusion, excusing, expulsion, noninclusion, omission, passing over, rejection, repudiation, reservation; concepts 25,30,211 Ant. admittal, admittance, allowance, inclusion exception… …   New thesaurus

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