Definition of "exceptionalism" [exceptionalism]

  • The condition of being exceptional or unique. (noun)
  • The theory or belief that something, especially a nation, does not conform to a pattern or norm. (noun)

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Use "exceptionalism" in a sentence
  • "In order to find that somebody, you must first believe in American exceptionalism, and secondly, you must believe that there exists an educated person who shares that view."
  • "And also we should question the boundary between IP and other forms of civil/commercial litigation transnationally: IP exceptionalism is common, especially with TM law, and Dinwoodie disagrees with this."
  • "A significant part of that exceptionalism is our culture."