1. The act of excepting or the condition of being excepted; exclusion.
2. One that is excepted, especially a case that does not conform to a rule or generalization.
3. An objection or a criticism: opinions that are open to exception.
4. Law A formal protest against a ruling of the trial court on a question of law, such as the admissibility of a certain piece of evidence, to make clear for the record that the issue is being preserved for a potential appeal.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.