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Dictionary entry overview: What does exceptional mean?
• EXCEPTIONAL (adjective)
The adjective EXCEPTIONAL has 3 senses:
1. far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
2. surpassing what is common or usual or expected
3. deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence
Familiarity information: EXCEPTIONAL used as an adjective is uncommon.
Dictionary entry details
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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
extraordinary (beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable)
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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?
uncommon (not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind)
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Deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence
special educational provisions for exceptional children
abnormal (departing from the normal in e.g. intelligence and development)
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