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
Exceptionally strong currents divided the populations.
Perhaps it is thought that his dunces must have been exceptionally dull, as
  dullards of the eighteenth century.
Testing shows that these dreams have suffered by distortion to an exceptionally
  high degree.
The good news: while you're wallowing in transitive anxiety, you can eat
  exceptionally well.
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