Definitions for exceptionalɪkˈsɛp ʃə nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•cep•tion•alɪkˈsɛp ʃə nl(adj.)

  1. forming an exception or rare instance; unusual; extraordinary.

  2. unusually excellent; superior.

  3. (of a schoolchild) intellectually gifted. physically or esp. mentally handicapped to an extent that special schooling is required.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Education

Origin of exceptional:

1840–50

ex•cep′tive•ly

Princeton's WordNet

  1. exceeding, exceptional, olympian, prodigious, surpassing(adj)

    far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

    "a night of exceeding darkness"; "an exceptional memory"; "olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy"; "the young Mozart's prodigious talents"

  2. especial(a), exceptional, particular(a), special(adj)

    surpassing what is common or usual or expected

    "he paid especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "a matter of particular and unusual importance"; "a special occasion"; "a special reason to confide in her"; "what's so special about the year 2000?"

  3. exceptional(a)(adj)

    deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence

    "special educational provisions for exceptional children"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. exceptional(adjective)ɪkˈsɛp ʃə nl

    excellent and extraordinary

    an exceptional person; work of an exceptional standard

  2. exceptionalɪkˈsɛp ʃə nl

    very unusual

    only in exceptional circumstances

Wiktionary

  1. exceptional(Adjective)

    Forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare.

    What an exceptional flower!

  2. exceptional(Adjective)

    Better than the average; superior due to rarity.

    The quality of the beer was exceptional.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exceptional(adj)

    forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare; hence, better than the average; superior

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exceptional' in Adjectives Frequency: #682


Translations for exceptional

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

exceptional(adjective)

(negative unexceptional ) unusual; remarkable

exceptional loyalty; His ability is exceptional.

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