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Dictionary Definition



1 a deliberate act of omission; "with the exception of the children, everyone was told the news" [syn: exclusion, elision]
2 an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization; "all her children were brilliant; the only exception was her last child"; "an exception tests the rule"
3 grounds for adverse criticism; "his authority is beyond exception"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /əkˈsɛpʃən/
  • /@k"sEpS@n/




  1. The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction by taking out something which would otherwise be included, as in a class, statement, rule.
  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.
  3. (Law) An objection, on legal grounds; also, as in conveyancing, a clause by which the grantor excepts or reserves something before the right is transferred.
  4. An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense; cause of offense; -- usually followed by to or against.
  5. An interruption in normal processing, especially as caused by an error condition.

Related terms


act of excepting or excluding; exclusion
  • Czech: výjimka
  • Finnish: poikkeus
  • German: Ausnahme
that which is excepted or taken out from others
  • Finnish: poikkeus
  • German: Ausnahme
(law) an objection
  • Finnish: ehto
an objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense; cause of offense
  • Finnish: kritiikki, vastustus
computing: an interruption in normal processing
  • Czech: výjimka
  • Finnish: virhe
  • German: Exception, Ausnahmebedingung

Extensive Definition

Exception may refer to:
  • An action that is not part of normal operations or standards.
  • In service operations they are transactions that are non-standard ie. they fall outside the routine of normal service delivery. They include special requests, problem solving, handling of complaints, suggestions and compliments and restitution (compensating customers for performance failures)
  • For the computer science concept, see exception handling.
  • Exception Handling in Management is a strategic dashboard concept introduced to service operations (Gabbita, 2008)
  • "Exception", the second single from Ana Johnsson's second album Little Angel.
  • Exceptional Records
exception in French: Exception
exception in Japanese: 例外
exception in Russian: Исключение

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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