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(1)   A deliberate act of omission
"With the exception of the children, everyone was told the news"
(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"


  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.