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 for exception
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exception \Ex*cep"tion\ ([e^]k*s[e^]p"sh[u^]n), n. [L. exceptio:
     cf. F. exception.]
     1. The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction
        by taking out something which would otherwise be included,
        as in a class, statement, rule.
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     2. That which is excepted or taken out from others; a person,
        thing, or case, specified as distinct, or not included;
        as, almost every general rule has its exceptions.
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              Such rare exceptions, shining in the dark,
              Prove, rather than impeach, the just remark.
                                                    --Cowper.
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     Note: Often with to.
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                 That proud exception to all nature's laws.
                                                    --Pope.
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     3. (Law) An objection, oral or written, taken, in the course
        of an action, as to bail or security; or as to the
        decision of a judge, in the course of a trail, or in his
        charge to a jury; or as to lapse of time, or scandal,
        impertinence, or insufficiency in a pleading; also, as in
        conveyancing, a clause by which the grantor excepts
        something before granted. --Burrill.
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     4. An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense;
        cause of offense; -- usually followed by to or against.
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              I will never answer what exceptions they can have
              against our account [relation].       --Bentley.
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              He . . . took exception to the place of their
              burial.                               --Bacon.
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              She takes exceptions at your person.  --Shak.
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     Bill of exceptions (Law), a statement of exceptions to the
        decision, or instructions of a judge in the trial of a
        cause, made for the purpose of putting the points decided
        on record so as to bring them before a superior court or
        the full bench for review.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  exception
      n 1: a deliberate act of omission; "with the exception of the
           children, everyone was told the news" [syn: exception,
           exclusion, elision]
      2: an instance that does not conform to a rule or
         generalization; "all her children were brilliant; the only
         exception was her last child"; "an exception tests the rule"
      3: grounds for adverse criticism; "his authority is beyond
         exception"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  222 Moby Thesaurus words for "exception":
     abjuration, abjurement, abnormality, adverse criticism, allowance,
     amazement, animadversion, anomaly, answer, argument, aspersion,
     astonishing thing, astonishment, bad notices, bad press, ban, bar,
     barring, beef, bitch, blockade, blockage, boycott,
     call into question, captiousness, carping, cavil, caviling,
     censoriousness, cession, challenge, charter, chucking,
     chucking out, circumscription, complaint, compunction, concession,
     condition, contempt, contradiction, conversation piece,
     counterstatement, criticism, curio, curiosity, debarment,
     debarring, declination, declining, defense, demarcation,
     demonstration, demur, demurrer, denial, departure, despisal,
     despising, diplomatic immunity, disagree with, disapproval,
     discard, discharge, disclamation, discounting, dismissal,
     disownment, disregard, embargo, exclusion, exemption,
     expostulation, extenuating circumstances, faultfinding, flak,
     franchise, freak, gazingstock, grain of salt, grant, grievance,
     grievance committee, hairsplitting, hedge, hedging, hit,
     home thrust, hostile criticism, howl, hypercriticalness,
     hypercriticism, ignoring, immunity, improbability, imputation,
     inadmissibility, indignation meeting, injunction, irregularity,
     kick, knock, legislative immunity, liberty, license, limitation,
     lockout, march, marvel, marvelment, mental reservation, miracle,
     modification, museum piece, nagging, narrowing, niggle, niggling,
     nit, nit-picking, nonacceptance, nonadmission, nonapproval,
     nonconsideration, nonesuch, nonviolent protest, object to,
     objection, obloquy, oddity, omission, oppose, overcriticalness,
     passing by, patent, peculiarity, permission, pestering,
     pettifogging, phenomenon, picketing, plea, pleading, preclusion,
     priggishness, privilege, prodigiosity, prodigy, prohibition,
     protest, protest demonstration, protestation, provision, proviso,
     putting away, putting out, qualification, qualm, quibble,
     quibbling, quirk, quite a thing, rally, rap, rarity, rebuff,
     rebuttal, recantation, reflection, refusal, refutation, rejection,
     release, relegation, remonstrance, remonstration, renouncement,
     reply, reproachfulness, repudiation, repulse, reservation,
     response, restriction, riposte, salvo, scouting, scruple,
     sensation, sight, sit-in, slam, something else, special case,
     special demurrer, special pleading, special treatment, specialness,
     specification, spectacle, spurning, squawk, statement of defense,
     stipulation, strange thing, stricture, strike, string, stunner,
     swipe, taboo, take exception to, taking exception, teach-in, term,
     throwing out, trichoschistism, turning out, waiver, wonder,
     wonderful thing, wonderment
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  exception
  
     An error condition that changes the normal flow of control
     in a program.  An exception may be generated ("raised") by
     hardware or software.  Hardware exceptions include
     reset, interrupt or a signal from a memory management
     unit.  Exceptions may be generated by the arithmetic logic
     unit or floating-point unit for numerical errors such as
     divide by zero, overflow or underflow or instruction
     decoding errors such as privileged, reserved, trap or
     undefined instructions.  Software exceptions are even more
     varied and the term could be applied to any kind of error
     checking which alters the normal behaviour of the program.
  
     (1994-10-31)
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  EXCEPTION, Eng. Eq. practice. Re-interrogation. 2 Benth. Ev. 208, n. 
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  EXCEPTION, legislation, construction. Exceptions are rules which limit the 
  extent of other more general rules, and render that just and proper, which 
  would be, on account of its generality, unjust and improper. For example, it 
  is a general rule that parties competent may make contracts; the rule that 
  they shall not make any contrary to equity, or contra bonos mores, is the 
  exception. 
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  EXCEPTION, contracts. An exception is a clause in a deed,. by which the 
  lessor excepts something out of that which he granted before by the deed. 
       2. To make a valid exception, these things must concur: 1. The 
  exception must be by apt words; as, saving and excepting, &c. 2. It must be 
  of part of the thing previously described, and not of some other thing. 3. 
  It must be part of the thing only, and not of all, the greater part, or the 
  effect of the thing granted; an exception, therefore, in a lease, which 
  extends to the whole thing demised, is void. 4. It must be of such thing as 
  is severable from the demised premises, and hot of an inseparable incident. 
  5. It must be of a thing as he that accepts may have, and which properly 
  belongs to him. 6. It must be of a particular thing out of a general, and 
  not of a particular thing out of a particular thing. 7. It must be 
  particularly described and set forth; a lease of a tract of land, except one 
  acre, would be void, because that acre was not particularly described. 
  Woodf. Landl. and Ten. 10; Co. Litt. 47 a; Touchs. 77; 1 Shepl. R. 337; 
  Wright's R. 711; 3 John. R., 375 8 Conn. R. 369; 6 Pick. R. 499; 6 N. H. 
  Rep. 421. Exceptions against common right and general rules are construed as 
  strictly as possible. 1 Barton's Elem. Conv. 68. 
       3. An exception differs from a reservation; the former is always a part 
  of the thing granted; the latter is of a thing not in esse but newly created 
  or reserved. An exception differs also from an explanation, which by the use 
  of a videlicet, proviso, &c., is allowed only to explain doubtful clauses 
  precedent, or to separate and distribute generals, into particulars. 3 Pick. 
  R. 272. 
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  EXCEPTION, practice, pleading. This term is used in the civil, nearly in the 
  same sense that the word plea has in the common law. Merl. Repert. h.t.; 
  Ayl. Parerg. 251. 
       2. In chancery practice, it is the allegation of a party in writing, 
  that some pleading or proceeding in a cause is insufficient. 1 Harr. Ch. Pr. 
  228. 
       3. Exceptions are dilatory or peremptory. Bract. lib. 5, tr. 5; 
  Britton, cap. 91, 92; 1 Lilly's Ab. 559. Dilatory exceptions are such as do 
  not tend to defeat the action, but only to retard its progress. Poth. Proc. 
  civ. partie 1, c. 2, s. 2, art. 1; Code of Pract. of Lo. art. 332. 
  Declinatory exceptions have this effect, as well as the exception of 
  discussion opposed by a third possessor, or by a surety in an hypothecary 
  action, or the exception taken in order to call in the warrantor. Id.; 7 N. 
  S. 282; 1 L. R. 38, 420. These exceptions must, in general, be pleaded in 
  limine litis before issue joined. Civ. Code of Lo. 2260; 1 N. S. 703; 2 N. 
  S. 389; 4 L. R. 104; 10 L. R. 546. A declinatory exception is a species of 
  dilatory exception, which merely declines the jurisdiction of the judge 
  before whom the action is brought. Code of Pr. of L. 334. 
       4. Peremptory exceptions are those which tend to the dismissal of the 
  action. Some relate to forms, others arise from the law. Those which relate 
  to forms, tend to have the cause dismissed, owing to some nullities in the 
  proceedings. These must be pleaded in limine litis. Peremptory exceptions 
  founded on law, are those which, without going into the merits of the cause, 
  show that the plaintiff cannot maintain his action, either because it is 
  prescribed, or because the cause of action has been destroyed or 
  extinguished. These may be pleaded at any time previous to definitive 
  judgment. Id. art. 343, 346; Poth. Proc. Civ. partie 1, c. 2, s. 1, 2, 3. 
  These, in the French law, are called Fins de. non recevoir. (q.v.) 
       5. By exception is also meant the objection which is made to the 
  decision of a judge in the course of a trial. See Bill of Exception. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  EXCEPTION, n.  A thing which takes the liberty to differ from other
  things of its class, as an honest man, a truthful woman, etc.  "The
  exception proves the rule" is an expression constantly upon the lips
  of the ignorant, who parrot it from one another with never a thought
  of its absurdity.  In the Latin, "_Exceptio probat regulam_" means
  that the exception _tests_ the rule, puts it to the proof, not
  _confirms_ it.  The malefactor who drew the meaning from this
  excellent dictum and substituted a contrary one of his own exerted an
  evil power which appears to be immortal.
  

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