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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·cept v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excepted; p. pr. & vb. n. Excepting.]
 1. To take or leave out (anything) from a number or a whole as not belonging to it; to exclude; to omit.
 Who never touched
 The excepted tree.   --Milton.
    Wherein (if we only except the unfitness of the judge) all other things concurred.   --Bp. Stillingfleet.
 2. To object to; to protest against. [Obs.]