exceptional
adjective Date: 1787 1. forming an exception ; rare <
an exceptional number of rainy days
>
2. better than average ; superior <
exceptional skill
>
3. deviating from the norm: as a. having above or below average intelligence b. physically disabled • exceptionality nounexceptionalness noun

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