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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXCEPTIONS

Let me, for these reasons, be still more particular in some of my exceptions to him.

If, as always, there are exceptions to this rule, they are necessarily evanescent.

I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws.

But it remains true that these were exceptions to the general rule.

With one or two exceptions, none were strongly suggestive of wealth.

It is a poor rule, they may say, that has no exceptions in phenomenal manifestation.

With two exceptions, these cats have never had more than two kittens at a litter.

In the natural course of things there were exceptions to this.

Meagher, Nugent, Corcoran and thousands like you, are exceptions.

It is only a few of the most violent who are exceptions to this rule.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Anglo-French excepcioun, Old French excepcion, from Latin exceptionem (nominative exceptio), noun of action from past participle stem of excipere (see except).

The exception that proves the rule is from law: exceptio probat regulam in casibus non exceptis, "the exception proves the rule in cases not excepted;" exception here being "action of excepting" someone or something from the rule in question, not the person or thing that is excepted. To take exception is from excipere being used in Roman law as a modern attorney would say objection.

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