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Synonyms

only

adjective

used for showing that a statement does not apply to anything or anyone else except the person, thing, action, place etc that you are mentioning

except

conjunction

used for introducing the only person, thing, or fact that is not included in your main statement

excluding

preposition

used for saying that you are not including someone or something in what you are saying

beyond

adverb

used in negative sentences to mean ‘except’

but

adverb

used especially after words such as ‘nothing’, ‘everyone’, or ‘anything’ to mean ‘except’

save

preposition

formal except

excepting

preposition

formal used for saying that you are not including a person or thing in what you are saying

exclusive of something

not including something

with the exception of

used for saying that someone or something is not included in what you are saying

otherwise than

in any way except the way that you are mentioning

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More synonyms

alone

adjective

without including numbers or amounts from anywhere else

apart

adjective

without considering or including someone or something in a judgment

apart from

except for someone or something

aside from

except for

bar

preposition

British used after words such as ‘all’, ‘every’, and ‘any’ to mean ‘except’

but for

except for something

but for

used for saying that something would have happened if something else or someone had not prevented it

else

adverb

used for showing that you are referring to other things, people, places etc, apart from the particular ones that you mention or know about

excepted

adjective

formal used for saying that you are not including a person or thing in what you are saying

other than

except for someone or something

outside

adjective

except a particular thing or person

short of something

except for, or unless

solely

adverb

involving nothing except the person or thing mentioned

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