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exceptional

[ik-sep-shuh-nl] /ɪkˈsɛp ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
forming an exception or rare instance; unusual; extraordinary:
The warm weather was exceptional for January.
2.
unusually excellent; superior:
an exceptional violinist.
3.
Education.
  1. being intellectually gifted.
  2. being physically or especially mentally disabled to an extent that special schooling is required.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; exception + -al1
Related forms
exceptionality, noun
exceptionally, adverb
exceptionalness, noun
nonexceptional, adjective
nonexceptionally, adverb
preexceptional, adjective
preexceptionally, adverb
quasi-exceptional, adjective
quasi-exceptionally, adverb
superexceptional, adjective
superexceptionally, adverb
Can be confused
exceptionable, exceptional.
Synonyms
1. uncommon, singular, strange, unnatural, aberrant, anomalous. See irregular.
Antonyms
2. average.
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British Dictionary definitions for exceptional

exceptional

/ɪkˈsɛpʃənəl/
adjective
1.
forming an exception; not ordinary
2.
having much more than average intelligence, ability, or skill
Derived Forms
exceptionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for exceptional

1846, from exception + -al (1). Related: exceptionally.

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