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Pronunciation: (ik-sep'shu-nl), [key]
1. forming an exception or rare instance; unusual; extraordinary: The warm weather was exceptional for January.
2. unusually excellent; superior: an exceptional violinist.
3. Educ.(of a child)
a. being intellectually gifted.
b. being physically or esp. mentally handicapped to an extent that special schooling is required.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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