1. The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction by taking out something which would otherwise be included, as in a class, statement, rule.
2. That which is excepted or taken out from others; a person, thing, or case, specified as distinct, or not included; as, almost every general rule has its exceptions.
Such rare exceptions, shining in the dark,
Prove, rather than impeach, the just remark. --Cowper.
Note: Often with to.
That proud exception to all nature's laws. --Pope.
3. Law An objection, oral or written, taken, in the course of an action, as to bail or security; or as to the decision of a judge, in the course of a trail, or in his charge to a jury; or as to lapse of time, or scandal, impertinence, or insufficiency in a pleading; also, as in conveyancing, a clause by which the grantor excepts something before granted.
4. An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense; cause of offense; -- usually followed by to or against.
I will never answer what exceptions they can have against our account [relation]. --Bentley.
He . . . took exception to the place of their burial. --Bacon.
She takes exceptions at your person. --Shak.
Bill of exceptions Law, a statement of exceptions to the decision, or instructions of a judge in the trial of a cause, made for the purpose of putting the points decided on record so as to bring them before a superior court or the full bench for review.
n 1: a deliberate act of omission; "with the exception of the
children, everyone was told the news" [syn: exclusion,
2: an instance that does not conform to a rule or
generalization; "all her children were brilliant; the only
exception was her last child"; "an exception tests the
3: grounds for adverse criticism; "his authority is beyond