exceptional - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    extremely good or impressive in a way that is unusual

    The children had shown exceptional courage.

    quite exceptional (=very exceptional):

    Her scores were quite exceptional.

  2. 2
    much more or greater than usual

    These works of art must be handled with exceptional care.

  3. 3
    unusual and not likely to happen or exist very often

    We must all accept that this is an exceptional situation.

    in exceptional circumstances/cases:

    Financial assistance may be made available in exceptional circumstances.