exception - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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  1. someone or something that is different in some way from other people or things and so cannot be included in a general statement

    New technology stocks have done badly in recent months, but Autonomy has been an exception.

    notable/rare exception:

    Most nurses are women; the most notable exceptions are psychiatric nurses.

    exception to:

    There are some exceptions to every grammatical rule.