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Meaning of “exceptional” in the English Dictionary

"exceptional" in British English

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exceptionaladjective

uk   us   /ɪkˈsep.ʃən.əl/ approving
B2 much ​greater than ​usual, ​especially in ​skill, ​intelligence, ​quality, etc.: an exceptional ​student exceptional ​powers of ​concentration The ​company has ​shown exceptional ​growth over the past two ​years.

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exceptionally
adverb uk   us   /-i/
an exceptionally ​fineportrait
(Definition of exceptional from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exceptional" in American English

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exceptionaladjective

 us   /ɪkˈsep·ʃə·nəl/
not like most ​others of the same ​type; ​unusual: This is an exceptional ​contract, ​guaranteeing no ​layoffs. Exceptional also ​meansunusually good: Davis has done an exceptional ​job of ​reporting.
exceptionally
adverb  us   /ɪkˈsep·ʃə·nəl·i/
The ​drawing had exceptionally ​finedetail.
(Definition of exceptional from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"exceptional" in Business English

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exceptionaladjective

uk   us   /ɪkˈsepʃənəl/
unusual; not what ​happensregularly or is expected: The ​industry is anxious to ​stress that this is an exceptional ​case. These are exceptional circumstances.in exceptional circumstances/cases This ​right to ​sell the ​shares will ​apply only in exceptional ​cases. A £2.5m exceptional ​charge from ​redundanciescontributed to full-year ​losses. exceptional ​costs
much greater or better than usual: The ​effort put in by the ​team over the last five days has been exceptional. Her ​leadershipstyleproduced exceptional ​results.
exceptionally
adverb
The ​quality of our ​products is exceptionally high. an exceptionally ​competitivemarketplace
(Definition of exceptional from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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