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Definition 1: deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where exceptional or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • special educational provisions for exceptional children

(exceptional is similar to ...) departing from the normal in e.g. intelligence and development

"they were heartbroken when they learned their child was abnormal" "an abnormal personality"

(exceptional belongs to category ...) the science of mental life

Definition 2: far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where exceptional or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a night of exceeding darkness
  • an exceptional memory
  • olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy
  • the young Mozart's prodigious talents

Synonyms for exceptional in the sense of this definition

(exceptional is similar to ...) beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

"extraordinary authority" "an extraordinary achievement" "her extraordinary beauty" "enjoyed extraordinary popularity" "an extraordinary capacity for work" "an extraordinary session of the legislature"

Definition 3: surpassing what is common or usual or expected - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where exceptional or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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?

Synonyms for exceptional in the sense of this definition

(exceptional is similar to ...) not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind

"uncommon birds" "frost and floods are uncommon during these months" "doing an uncommon amount of business" "an uncommon liking for money" "he owed his greatest debt to his mother's uncommon character and ability"

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