from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, being, or containing an exception.
- adj. Archaic Captious; faultfinding.
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- adj. exceptional, having an exception
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. That excepts; including an exception.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Making or constituting an exception.
- Disposed to take exception; inclined to object.
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The fourth chapter, which deals with exceptive words, is compiled in a similar manner.
Neither doth he speak to the thing in hand, nor are the particulars mentioned exceptive to the former intimation, if his speech look any other way.
The exceptive particle at the entrance, with the apologetical design of the whole verse, ascribes such things to the saints, to whom the apostle speaks, as they were not partakers of concerning whom he had immediately before discoursed.
The intendment, I say, of the apostle, in that exceptive plea he puts in, “Nevertheless,” is evidently to exempt some from the state of falling away, which might be argued against them from the defection of others.
Men toi are exceptive particles, and an induction into the exemption of some from the condition of being in danger of falling, wherein they were concluded in the objection proposed.
Intercessor, our Shepherd and Saviour, his keeping us from being lost extends itself no less effectually to our preservation from utter ruin in this life than to our raising at the last day; yea, and that exceptive particle alla includes this preservation, as well as leads us to the addition of the other favour and privilege of being raised to glory at the last day.
The particle kai in the next words is plainly adversative and exceptive, as it is very many times in the New Testament, and that to the persons of whom he is speaking.
But it is replied, with sufficient evidence of truth, that although the word be not found syllabically used unto this purpose, yet there are exceptive expressions equivalent unto it; as we shall see afterwards.
That the particles ean mē are not exceptive but adversative, has not only been undeniably proved by Protestant divines, but is acknowledged by those of the Roman church who pretend unto any modesty in this controversy.
And, for fear those I am about to relate may seem exceptions, not fairly representing the class, I should state, in the outset, that I have selected them from a great number which I can recall, particularly because they are _not_ exceptive, and give a very just impression of the character which I am endeavoring to portray.