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Only, except and not including - synonyms or related words

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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moonbow

a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

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platform capitalism

a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

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