AskDefine | Define exceptional

Dictionary Definition

exceptional adj
1 far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree; "a night of exceeding darkness"; "an exceptional memory"; "olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy"; "the young Mozart's prodigious talents" [syn: exceeding, olympian, prodigious, surpassing]
2 surpassing what is common or usual or expected; "he paid especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "a matter of particular and unusual importance"; "a special occasion"; "a special reason to confide in her"; "what's so special about the year 2000?" [syn: especial(a), particular(a), special]
3 deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence; "special educational provisions for exceptional children" [syn: exceptional(a)]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare.
    What an exceptional flower!
  2. Better than the average; superior due to rarity.
    The quality of the beer was exceptional.

Related terms


forming an exception
  • Czech: výjimečný
  • Finnish: poikkeuksellinen, harvinainen, tavaton
  • German: außergewöhnlich
  • Hungarian: kivételes, rendkívüli
  • Italian: eccezionale
  • Russian: исключительный
better than the average
  • Czech: výjimečný
  • Finnish: poikkeuksellinen, erinomainen
  • German: außergewöhnlich
  • Hungarian: kivételes, rendkívüli
  • Italian: eccezionale
  • Russian: исключительный

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
exceptional in French: Exception
exceptional in Japanese: 例外
exceptional in Russian: Исключение

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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