exceptional Definition

  • 1unusual; not typical
  • 2outstandingly good or impressive

Using exceptional: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "exceptional" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She has exceptional talent in music.

  • Example

    The company's profits were exceptional this quarter.

  • Example

    The view from the top of the mountain was exceptional.

  • Example

    His exceptional performance earned him a promotion.

exceptional Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using exceptional

  • a situation that is unusual or atypical, requiring special consideration or treatment


    Although the policy is to deny refunds, they made an exception in his exceptional case.

  • to perform exceptionally well or exceed expectations


    Despite the challenges, she rose to the exceptional and completed the project ahead of schedule.

  • exceptional measures

    unusual or extreme actions taken to address a difficult or unprecedented situation


    The government implemented exceptional measures to control the spread of the virus.

Phrases with exceptional

  • exceptional circumstances

    unusual or unforeseen situations that require special consideration or action


    Due to exceptional circumstances, the deadline for the project has been extended.

  • exceptionalism

    the belief that a particular country, society, or institution is exceptional and therefore does not need to conform to normal rules or principles


    American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States is unique and superior to other nations.

  • a program designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities or special needs


    The school offers exceptional student education services to students with learning disabilities.

Origins of exceptional

from Old French 'exceptiounel', from Latin 'exceptionalis', from 'exceptio' (see exception)


Summary: exceptional in Brief

The term 'exceptional' [ɪkˈsɛpʃ(ə)n(ə)l] refers to something that is unusual or not typical, as well as something that is outstandingly good or impressive. It can describe a person's talent, a company's profits, or a view from a mountain top. Phrases like 'exceptional circumstances' and idioms like 'rise to the exceptional' denote situations that require special consideration or actions. 'Exceptional' is a formal word that can be replaced by 'uncommon' or 'extraordinary.'