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Webster 1913 Edition


Exceptional

Ex-cep′tion-al

,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
exceptionnel
.]
Forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare; hence, better than the average; superior.
Lyell.
Ex-cep′tion-al-ly
(#)
,
adv.

Definition 2022


exceptional

exceptional

See also: excepțional

English

Adjective

exceptional (comparative more exceptional, superlative most exceptional)

  1. Forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare.
    What an exceptional flower!
  2. Better than the average; superior due to exception or rarity.
    The quality of the beer was exceptional.
  3. (geometry) Corresponding to something of lower dimension under a birational correspondence.
    an exceptional curve; an exceptional divisor

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:excellent
  • egregious (most often used negatively, however)

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Noun

exceptional (plural exceptionals)

  1. An exception, or something having an exceptional value