Pronunciation: (ik-sep'shun), [key]
1. the act of excepting or the fact of being excepted.
2. something excepted; an instance or case not conforming to the general rule.
3. an adverse criticism, esp. on a particular point; opposition of opinion; objection; demurral: a statement liable to exception.
a. an objection, as to a ruling of the court in the course of a trial.
b. a notation that an objection is preserved for purposes of appeal: saving an exception.
5. take exception,
a. to make an objection; demur: They took exception to several points in the contract.
b. to take offense: She took exception to what I said about her brother.
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