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Line breaks: ex|cep¦tion¦al
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsɛpʃ(ə)n(ə)l
, ɛk-/

Definition of exceptional in English:


1Unusual; not typical: late claims will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances
More example sentences
  • It can only be displaced by unusual or exceptional circumstances.
  • While superficially complex, this was not an exceptional case.
  • There are rare and exceptional circumstances in existence in this case.
1.1Unusually good; outstanding: a child of exceptional ability
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  • Some autistic children show, at an unusually early age, exceptional abilities in music, graphic art or arithmetic.
  • The Savage bolt action has always provided outstanding accuracy and exceptional value for the money.
  • She also had the exceptional ability to recall vividly small incidents in her life, and recount them without any exaggeration.
outstanding, extraordinary, remarkable, unusually good, special, especial, excellent, phenomenal, prodigious;


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An item in a company’s accounts arising from its normal activity but much larger or smaller than usual. Compare with extraordinary.
Example sentences
  • This drop in operating profit caused pre-tax profit before accounting for exceptionals to fall from a profit of £59.1m last year into a loss of £2m this time.
  • The local management is hoping for a better full year out-turn than last year, but it is not stated whether this is before or after exceptionals are taken into account.
  • For the six months to June 30, analysts are forecasting pre-tax profits before exceptionals of £13.6m against £12.1m last time, with earnings per share of 20.8p, and dividend per share of 11.9p.



Pronunciation: /-ˈnalɪti/
Example sentences
  • But the only exceptionality that really matters-since all nations are in their way sui generis-is the configuration that has founded its global hegemony.
  • So then we have a comedic genre whose best work exemplifies the genre itself, and a science fiction genre whose best work is based on exceptionality from the genre.
  • But the story of the asylum seekers in Papua and New Guinea is also relevant because it demonstrates the exceptionality of the present.

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