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Meaning of EXCEPTION

Pronunciation:  ik'sepshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a deliberate act of omission; "with the exception of the children, everyone was told the news"
  2. [n]  an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization; "all her children were brilliant; the only exception was her last child"; "an exception tests the rule"
  3. [n]  grounds for adverse criticism; "his authority is beyond exception"

EXCEPTION is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: elision, exclusion
 See Also: example, illustration, instance, objection, omission, representative



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*cep"tion\, n. [L. exceptio: cf. F. exception.]
1. The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction
   by taking out something which would otherwise be included,
   as in a class, statement, rule.

2. That which is excepted or taken out from others; a person,
   thing, or case, specified as distinct, or not included;
   as, almost every general rule has its exceptions.

         Such rare exceptions, shining in the dark, Prove,
         rather than impeach, the just remark. --Cowper.

Note: Often with to.

            That proud exception to all nature's laws.

3. (Law) An objection, oral or written, taken, in the course
   of an action, as to bail or security; or as to the
   decision of a judge, in the course of a trail, or in his
   charge to a jury; or as to lapse of time, or scandal,
   impertinence, or insufficiency in a pleading; also, as in
   conveyancing, a clause by which the grantor excepts
   something before granted. --Burrill.

4. An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense;
   cause of offense; -- usually followed by to or against.

         I will never answer what exceptions they can have
         against our account [relation].       --Bentley.

         He . . . took exception to the place of their
         burial.                               --Bacon.

         She takes exceptions at your person.  --Shak.

{Bill of exceptions} (Law), a statement of exceptions to the
   decision, or instructions of a judge in the trial of a
   cause, made for the purpose of putting the points decided
   on record so as to bring them before a superior court or
   the full bench for review.

Computing Dictionary

An error condition that changes the normal flow of control in a program. An exception may be generated ("raised") by hardware or software. Hardware exceptions include reset, interrupt or a signal from a memory management unit. Exceptions may be generated by the arithmetic logic unit or floating-point unit for numerical errors such as divide by zero, overflow or underflow or instruction decoding errors such as privileged, reserved, trap or undefined instructions. Software exceptions are even more varied and the term could be applied to any kind of error checking which alters the normal behaviour of the program.

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