exceptionable 1660s, from EXCEPTION (Cf. exception) + -ABLE (Cf. -able). Related: Exceptionably.

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  • Exceptionable — Ex*cep tion*a*ble ([e^]k*s[e^]p sh[u^]n*[.a]*b l), a. Liable to exception or objection; objectionable. {Ex*cep tion*a*ble*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] This passage I look upon to be the most exceptionable in the whole poem. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exceptionable — index blameful, objectionable, peccable, reprehensible, sinister, unacceptable, undesirable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. W …   Law dictionary

  • exceptionable — *exceptional Analogous words: Offensive, repugnant, loathsome, repulsive, revolting: repellent, distasteful, obnoxious, invidious, *repugnant Antonyms: unexceptionable: exemplary Contrasted words: pleasing, agreeable, gratifying, *pleasant,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • exceptionable — ► ADJECTIVE formal ▪ open to objection; causing disapproval or offence …   English terms dictionary

  • exceptionable — [ek sep′shənə bəl, ik sep′shənə bəl] adj. liable to exception; open to objection exceptionably adv …   English World dictionary

  • exceptionable — exceptional, exceptionable These adjectives relate to different meanings of exception. Exceptional means ‘unusual, not typical’, i.e. ‘forming an exception’ in a favourable sense: • Schizophrenes are often held to be people of exceptional charm D …   Modern English usage

  • exceptionable — adjective Date: 1691 being likely to cause objection ; objectionable < visitors even drink the exceptionable beer W. D. Howells > • exceptionability noun • exceptionably adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exceptionable — See exceptionable, exceptional …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • exceptionable — adjective formal making you feel offended and angry: a highly exceptionable remark …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • exceptionable — exceptionableness, n. exceptionably, adv. /ik sep sheuh neuh beuhl/, adj. liable to exception or objection; objectionable. [1655 65; EXCEPTION + ABLE] * * * …   Universalium

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