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"exception" in British English

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exceptionnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ɪkˈsep.ʃən/
B2 someone or something that is not ​included in a ​rule, ​group, or ​list or that does not ​behave in the ​expected way: Men are usually ​quite good at map-reading but Tim is the exception. There are exceptions to every ​rule. I like all ​kinds of ​movies with the exception of (= but not)horrormovies. Her ​books are always ​entertaining and this one is no exception. You must ​report here every ​Tuesday without exception.make an exception C1 to not ​treat someone or something ​according to the ​usualrules: We don't usually ​accept late ​applications, but in this ​case we will make an exception.take exception to sth/sb C2 to be ​offended or made ​angry by something or someone: Why did you take exception to what he said? He was only ​joking.
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(Definition of exception from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exception" in American English

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exceptionnoun [C/U]

 us   /ɪkˈsep·ʃən/
something that is not ​included, or the ​action of not ​including something: [C] We don’t usually ​accept late ​applications, but since you were so ​sick I’ll make an exception (= do something different from what is ​usual). [C] Teen ​movies usually aren’t very good, but this one is an exception to the ​rule. [U] Every ​apple in the ​box, without exception, was ​rotten.
(Definition of exception from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"exception" in Business English

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exceptionnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪkˈsepʃən/
someone or something that is not ​included in a ​rule, ​group, or ​list, or that does not ​behave in the expected way: Most of these ​states have ​moderatepropertytaxes; Arizona's very high ​businesspropertytaxes are an exception. The ​conditioncovering cotton ​textiles was ​agreed as an exception to the ​generaltraderules. Carriage is ​free on all ​orders with the exception of urgent ​deliveries. Businesses exist to make a ​profit, and ​banks are no exception.
IT a problem or ​specialcondition that ​stops a ​computerprogram from processinginformation in the ​normal way: The ​systemidentifies the ​point in the ​program where the exception occurred.
(also exclusion) INSURANCE a ​risk that is not ​included in an ​insurance policy: Medical ​insurance has more exceptions than most ​types of ​insurance.
LAW, PROPERTY a ​condition in a ​propertyagreement that ​limits an owner's ​rights
COMMERCE a ​note on a bill of ladingstating that ​goods that have been received to be ​sent somewhere are ​damaged or less than the ​correctquantity
make an exception to not ​treat something or someone according to the usual ​rules: Most countries that ​ban the use of ​mobilephones while ​driving make an exception for ​hands-freephones.
(Definition of exception from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “exception”
in Arabic اسْتِثْناء…
in Korean 예외…
in Portuguese exceção…
in Catalan excepció…
in Japanese 例外…
in Chinese (Simplified) 除外的人, 例外的事物…
in Turkish istisna, hariç tutma…
in Russian исключение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 除外的人, 例外的事物…
in Italian eccezione…
in Polish wyjątek…
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