- The law would be rightly open to ridicule, for transactions such as these are unexceptionable.
- Based on news accounts and these excerpts, his speech seems to have been unexceptionable (albeit platitudinous).
- In a civilized country, one would think, legislation to protect kids from violence and harassment in their schools should be unexceptionable.
There is a clear distinction in meaning between exceptionable (‘open to objection’) and exceptional (‘out of the ordinary, very good’). However, this distinction has become blurred in the negative forms unexceptionable and unexceptional. Strictly speaking, unexceptionable means ‘not open to objection’ ( this request is unexceptionable in itself), while unexceptional means ‘not out of the ordinary, usual’ ( the hotel was adequate but unexceptional). But, although the distinction may be clear in these two examples, the meaning of unexceptionable is often indeterminate between ‘not open to objection’ and ‘ordinary,’ as in the food was bland and unexceptionable or the candidates were pretty unexceptionable. See also exceptionable (usage).
- Example sentences
- ‘You've got to watch him like a hawk, the wee boy Latapy because he's a tremendous player,’ he added unexceptionably and boy, did the hawk swoop!
- The learned Magistrate unexceptionably found that there was a high probability that the appellant could have commanded a remuneration package of $90,000 per annum or more.
- The others do what little is expected of them unexceptionably.
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