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Definition of "exceptional" []

  • Being an exception; uncommon. (adjective)
  • Well above average; extraordinary: an exceptional memory. See Usage Note at exceptionable. (adjective)
  • Deviating widely from a norm, as of physical or mental ability: special educational provisions for exceptional children. (adjective)
  • Forming an exception; not ordinary (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having much more than average intelligence, ability, or skill (adjective)

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Use "exceptional" in a sentence
  • "Hours before the vote, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner praised what he called her "exceptional talent and broad experience.""
  • "His book is full of examples of what he calls "exceptional patients" who used their illness experience to give themselves permission to find their true, authentic selves and in so doing, creatively induced a type of self-healing."
  • "We have got some very extreme drought conditions into the southwest but it's right here in the Southeast where we have what we call exceptional drought."