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Meaning & Definition of Exceptional in English

English

Exceptional

/ɪksɛpʃənəl/

adjective

1. Far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

  • "A night of exceeding darkness"
  • "An exceptional memory"
  • "Olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy"
  • "The young mozart's prodigious talents"
    synonym:
  • exceeding
  • ,
  • exceptional
  • ,
  • olympian
  • ,
  • prodigious
  • ,
  • surpassing

2. Surpassing what is common or usual or expected

  • "He 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?"
    synonym:
  • especial(a)
  • ,
  • exceptional
  • ,
  • particular(a)
  • ,
  • special

3. Deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability

  • Used especially of children below normal in intelligence
  • "Special educational provisions for exceptional children"
    synonym:
  • exceptional(a)

Examples of using

He showed exceptional ability in mathematics.