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English adjective: exceptional

1. exceptional far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

SamplesA night of exceeding darkness.
An exceptional memory.
Olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy.
The young Mozart's prodigious talents.

Synonymsexceeding, olympian, prodigious, surpassing



2. exceptional surpassing what is common or usual or expected

SamplesHe paid especial attention to her.
Exceptional kindness.
A matter of particular and unusual importance.
A special occasion.
A special reason to confide in her.
What's so special about the year 2000?.

Synonymsespecial, particular, special



3. exceptional deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence

SamplesSpecial educational provisions for exceptional children.


Domain categorypsychological science, psychology


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