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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Exception  \Ex*cep"tion\,  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 
 
  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. 
 
  Such  rare  exceptions,  shining  in  the  dark,  Prove, 
  rather  than  impeach,  the  just  remark.  --Cowper. 
 
  Note:  Often  with  to 
 
  That  proud  exception  to  all  nature's  laws. 
  --Pope. 
 
  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. 
 
  4.  An  objection;  cavil;  dissent;  disapprobation;  offense; 
  cause  of  offense;  --  usually  followed  by  to  or  against. 
 
  I  will  never  answer  what  exceptions  they  can  have 
  against  our  account  [relation].  --Bentley. 
 
  He  .  .  .  took  exception  to  the  place  of  their 
  burial.  --Bacon. 
 
  She  takes  exceptions  at  your  person.  --Shak. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  exception 
  n  1:  a  deliberate  act  of  omission;  "with  the  exception  of  the 
  children,  everyone  was  told  the  news"  [syn:  {exclusion}] 
  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  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  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  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  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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