exceptional

[ik-sep-shuh-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.
a.
being intellectually gifted.
b.
being physically or especially mentally handicapped to an extent that special schooling is required.

Origin:
1840–50; exception + -al1

exceptionality, noun
exceptionally, adverb
exceptionalness, noun
nonexceptional, adjective
nonexceptionally, adverb
preexceptional, adjective
preexceptionally, adverb
quasi-exceptional, adjective
quasi-exceptionally, adverb
superexceptional, adjective
superexceptionally, adverb

exceptionable, exceptional.


1. uncommon, singular, strange, unnatural, aberrant, anomalous. See irregular.


2. average.
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exceptional (ɪkˈsɛpʃənəl)
 
adj
1.  forming an exception; not ordinary
2.  having much more than average intelligence, ability, or skill
 
ex'ceptionally
 
adv

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Example sentences
His exceptional speed and athleticism made him a high pick despite a rib injury
  that shortened his season.
In a world of amazing creatures, coelacanths are among the most exceptional.
Radio personality Arnold delivers an exceptional narration.
Juliet was once thought exceptional and now is hardly noticed as she picks her
  way through traffic in the rain.
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