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EXCEPTIONAL

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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 


EXCEPTIONAL (adjective)


Sense 1exceptional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

Synonyms:

exceptional; exceeding; surpassing; prodigious; olympian

Context examples:

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

Similar:

extraordinary (beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable)


Sense 2exceptional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surpassing what is common or usual or expected

Synonyms:

especial; exceptional; particular; special

Context examples:

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?

Similar:

uncommon (not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind)


Sense 3exceptional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context example:

special educational provisions for exceptional children

Similar:

abnormal (departing from the normal in e.g. intelligence and development)

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)


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