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Noun: exception  ek'sep-shun or ik'sep-shun
  1. A deliberate act of omission
    "with the exception of the children, everyone was told the news";
    - 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"
     
  4. (computing) an interruption of normal processing, esp. when caused by an error condition

Derived forms: exceptions

Type of: example, exemplum, illustration, instance, objection, omission, representative

Encyclopedia: Exception