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Meaning of exception

ex•cep•tion

Pronunciation: (ik-sep'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of excepting or the fact of being excepted.
  2. something excepted; an instance or case not conforming to the general rule.
  3. an adverse criticism, esp. on a particular point; opposition of opinion; objection; demurral: a statement liable to exception.
  4. saving an exception.
    1. an objection, as to a ruling of the court in the course of a trial.
    2. a notation that an objection is preserved for purposes of appeal:saving an exception.
  5. They took exception to several points in the contract.
    1. to make an objection; demur:They took exception to several points in the contract.
    2. to take offense:She took exception to what I said about her brother.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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