exceptional meaning

[ ik'sepʃənl ] Pronunciation:   "exceptional" in a sentence
  • Adjective: exceptional  ik'sepshunul
    1. Far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
      "an exceptional memory"
      - exceeding, olympian, prodigious, surpassing 
    2. Surpassing what is common or usual or expected
      "exceptional kindness"
      - especial, particular, special 
    3. Deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence
      "special educational provisions for exceptional children"

    See also: abnormal, exception, exceptionally, extraordinary, uncommon

    Encyclopedia: Exceptional

  • [Business]
    adjective, noun




    unusually good:

    2005 was an exceptional year for the business.

    The performance by the sales team was quite exceptional.


    very unusual:

    We reserve the right to close the account in exceptional circumstances.

    3 (Accounting )

    used to describe an amount of money in a company's financial records that is connected with a company's normal business activities but is much larger than usual and will have an important effect on profits:

    The cost of cancelling the contract will be accounted for as an exceptional charge.

    Profits doubled due to exceptional gains on the sale of assets in the US.

    noun [C] (usually exceptionals [pl.])

    (Accounting ) = EXCEPTIONAL ITEM


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  1. this story naturally was exceptional.
  2. celia seemed to have exceptional energy.
  3. mcnamara was, indeed, an exceptional figure.
  4. in emergency he assumes exceptional powers.
  5. the flesh of this kind of fish has exceptional delicacy.

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