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Definitions for Except

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. demur, exceptverb

    take exception to

    "he demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday"

  2. exclude, except, leave out, leave off, omit, take outverb

    prevent from being included or considered or accepted

    "The bad results were excluded from the report"; "Leave off the top piece"


  1. exceptverb

    To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

  2. exceptverb

    To take exception, to object (to or against).

  3. exceptconjunction

    With the exception (that); used to introduce a clause, phrase or adverb forming an exception or qualification to something previously stated.

  4. exceptconjunction

    Unless; used to introduce a hypothetical case in which an exception may exist.

  5. exceptpreposition

    With the exception of; but.

    There was nothing in the cupboard except a tin of beans.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exceptpreposit.

    Etymology: from the verb. This word, long taken as a preposition or conjunction, is originally the participle passive of the verb; which, like most others, had for its participle two terminations, except or excepted. All except one, is all, one excepted. Except may be, according to the Teutonick idiom, the imperative mood: all, except one; that is, all but one, which you must except.

    Richard except, those, whom we fight against,
    Had rather have us win than him they follow. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    God and his son except,
    Nought valued he nor fear’d. John Milton.

    It is necessary to know our duty, because ’tis necessary for us to do it; and it is impossible to do it, except we know it. John Tillotson.

  2. To EXCEPTverb

    Etymology: excipio, Latin.

    But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest, that he is excepted which did put all things under him. 1 Cor. xv. 27.

    Adam, behold
    Th’ effects, which thy original crime hath wrought In some to spring from thee, who never touch’d
    Th’ excepted tree. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 426.

  3. To Exceptverb

    To object; to make objections.

    A succession which our author could not except against. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exceptverb

    to take or leave out (anything) from a number or a whole as not belonging to it; to exclude; to omit

  2. Exceptverb

    to object to; to protest against

  3. Exceptverb

    to take exception; to object; -- usually followed by to, sometimes by against; as, to except to a witness or his testimony

  4. Except

    with exclusion of; leaving or left out; excepting

  5. Except

    unless; if it be not so that

  6. Etymology: [L. exceptus, p. p. of excipere to take or draw out, to except; ex out + capere to take: cf. F. excepter. See Capable.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Except

    ek-sept′, v.t. to take or leave out: to exclude.—v.i. to object.—prep. leaving out: excluding: but.—adj. and n. Except′ant.—prep. Except′ing, with the exception of, except.—n. Excep′tion, the act of excepting: that which is excepted: exclusion: objection: offence.—adj. Excep′tionable, objectionable.—adv. Excep′tionably.—adj. Excep′tional, peculiar.—adv. Excep′tionally.—adjs. Excep′tious, disposed to take exception; Except′ive, including, making, or being an exception; Except′less (Shak.), making an exception, usual.—n. Except′or. [L. excipĕre, exceptumex, out, capĕre, to take.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Except' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2534

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Except' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2639

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Except in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Except in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Except in a Sentence

  1. Socrates:

    I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance

  2. Winston Churchill:

    It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

  3. Erich Fromm:

    There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives to his life by the unfolding of his powers.

  4. Gerald Scarfe:

    I spent a lot of time in hospital, and in bed I had nothing much to do except draw and read, and drawing became my way of expressing myself, getting my thoughts and fears down on paper. And I suppose that's what I'm still doing: drawing things that I fear, someone asked me the other day if I thought all the drugs I had to take as a child had an effect on me.

  5. Kevin Cramer:

    The Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh vote blew all that out. To me, Heidi Heitkamp had more to lose there than had Heidi Heitkamp voted for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Had Heidi Heitkamp voted for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Heidi Heitkamp would have maintained where Heidi Heitkamp was now, except probably would have lost some of Heidi Heitkamp base. Heidi Heitkamp base is much smaller than the pro-Kavanaugh base in North Dakota.

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  • باستثناء, إلاArabic
  • за выключэннем, акрамяBelarusian
  • с изключение на, освен, освен ако, изключвамBulgarian
  • vyjma, mimo, vyloučit, kromě, namítatCzech
  • außerGerman
  • εξαιρώ, [[εξαιρούμενος, εκτός, διαφωνώGreek
  • escepti, kromEsperanto
  • salvo que, excepto, salvoSpanish
  • باستثنای, جز, بجز, مگرPersian
  • paitsi, erivapaus, vapauttaa, lukuun ottamatta, poikkeus, vastustaaFinnish
  • objecter, protester, hormis, à l'exception de, s'élever, excepter, sauf, excepté, faire une exceptionFrench
  • agásGalician
  • חוץ מ־Hebrew
  • visszautasít, óvást emel, kivéve, kizárHungarian
  • salvoItalian
  • 除いて, 以外Japanese
  • გარდაGeorgian
  • ...을 빼면, ... 외에는, ... 말고는Korean
  • جگەلە‌Kurdish
  • nisi, praeterLatin
  • kecualiMalay
  • bortsett fra, utenomNorwegian
  • bezwaar maken, uitsluiten, uitgezonderd, protesteren, uitzonderen, behalve, bezwaar hebbenDutch
  • utanomNorwegian Nynorsk
  • unnateki, unnta, unngå, unnateke, bortsett fra, unntattNorwegian
  • oprócz, z wyjątkiemPolish
  • excepcionar, salvo, fora, só que, objetar, menos, excetoPortuguese
  • исключать, исключить, за исключением того, что, возразить, за исключением, исключая, кроме, возражатьRussian
  • osim, sem, осим, семSerbo-Croatian
  • okrem, vylúčiťSlovak
  • förutom, bortsett frånSwedish
  • தவிரTamil
  • తప్పTelugu
  • ยกเว้นThai
  • başkaTurkish
  • за винятком, крімUkrainian
  • phản đối, ngoại trừ, trừVietnamese
  • Chinese

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    regarding something abstract as a material thing
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