Definition of “exceptional” - English Dictionary

“exceptional” in British English

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exceptionaladjective

uk /ɪkˈsep.ʃən.əl/ 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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  • Judges only grant marriage annulments in exceptional circumstances.
  • a woman of exceptional perspicacity
  • At £30 a night, this hotel represents exceptional value for money.
  • The peninsula is a lightly populated area of natural beauty with exceptional wildlife.
  • an outstanding garden of exceptional beauty
exceptionally
adverb uk /ɪkˈsep.ʃən.əl.i/ us /ɪkˈsep.ʃən.əl.i/

an exceptionally fine portrait

(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 means unusually good:

Davis has done an exceptional job of reporting.
exceptionally
adverb us /ɪkˈsep·ʃə·nəl·i/

The drawing had exceptionally fine detail.

(Definition of “exceptional” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“exceptional” in Business English

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exceptionaladjective

uk /ɪkˈsepʃənəl/ us

unusual; not what happens regularly 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 redundancies contributed 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 leadership style produced exceptional results.
exceptionally
adverb

The quality of our products is exceptionally high.
an exceptionally competitive marketplace

(Definition of “exceptional” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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