the act of excepting or the fact of being excepted.
something excepted; an instance or case not conforming to the general rule.
an adverse criticism, especially on a particular point; opposition of opinion; objection; demurral: a statement liable to exception.
an objection, as to a ruling of the court in the course of a trial.
a notation that an objection is preserved for purposes of appeal: saving an exception.
take exception,
to make an objection; demur: They took exception to several points in the contract.
to take offense: She took exception to what I said about her brother.

1350–1400; Middle English excepcioun < Latin exceptiōn (stem of exceptiō), equivalent to except(us) (see except1) + -iōn- -ion

exceptionless, adjective
preexception, noun
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exception (ɪkˈsɛpʃən)
1.  the act of excepting or fact of being excepted; omission
2.  anything excluded from or not in conformance with a general rule, principle, class, etc
3.  criticism, esp when it is adverse; objection
4.  law (formerly) a formal objection in the course of legal proceedings
5.  law a clause or term in a document that restricts the usual legal effect of the document
6.  take exception
 a.  (usually foll by to) to make objections (to); demur (at)
 b.  (often foll by at) to be offended (by); be resentful (at)

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. excepcioun, Fr. exception, from L. exceptionem, noun of action from excipere (see except). The exception that proves the rule is from law: exceptio probat regulam in casibus non exceptis, "the exception proves the rule in cases not excepted;" exception
here being "action of excepting" someone or something from the rule in question, not the person or thing that is excepted. To take exception is from excipere being used in Roman law as a modern attorney would say objection. Related: Exceptional (1846); exceptionally.
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Computing Dictionary

exception definition

An error condition that changes the normal flow of control in a program. An exception may be generated ("raised") by hardware or software. Hardware exceptions include reset, interrupt or a signal from a memory management unit. Exceptions may be generated by the arithmetic logic unit or floating-point unit for numerical errors such as divide by zero, overflow or underflow or instruction decoding errors such as privileged, reserved, trap or undefined instructions. Software exceptions are even more varied and the term could be applied to any kind of error checking which alters the normal behaviour of the program.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with exception, also see except for (with the exception of); make an exception; take exception to.

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Example sentences
No such exception exists in the case of selling rights to clothing companies to
  reproduce team logos.
The team propose the theory that such yearlings are truly, in this case, the
  exception that proves the rule.
Yet the commissioners seem almost to have accepted the case for preserving the
  rule without exception.
Almost without exception, they wore nice sweaters.
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