Meaning of exceptional

ex•cep•tion•al

Pronunciation: (ik-sep'shu-nl), [key]
— adj.
  1. forming an exception or rare instance; unusual; extraordinary: The warm weather was exceptional for January.
  2. unusually excellent; superior: an exceptional violinist.
  3. (of a child)
    1. being intellectually gifted.
    2. being physically or esp. mentally handicapped to an extent that special schooling is required.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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