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From excipiō (take out, withdraw; make an exception, except), from ex + capiō (take).



exceptiō f (genitive exceptiōnis); third declension

  1. (law) An exception or objection in law.
    • 1659 "Vel denique introduceretur nova lege exceptio aut liberatio quaedam; E nam et tunc in praeteritis quoquo negotiis, quorum obligatio hactenus duravit, habere locum, aequum est; non ad id, ut in praeteritum, sed ut in futurum obligatio exceptione recenter inducta resolvatur" Novella decis. Ultrajectina 14 Aprilis 1659 art 21, Paulus Voet de statutis sect 8 cap 1 numero 3 except 6 pag 292.
  2. (by extension) An exception, restriction, limitation.

Usage notes[edit]

In the English Courts an exception was formerly termed a 'demurrer' and is now known as an 'objection in point of law'. The demurrer was abolished in terms of Order XXV and a more summary process for getting rid of pleadings which show no reasonable cause of action or defence was substituted. In Roman Dutch Law, the exceptions still pertain.


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative exceptiō exceptiōnēs
genitive exceptiōnis exceptiōnum
dative exceptiōnī exceptiōnibus
accusative exceptiōnem exceptiōnēs
ablative exceptiōne exceptiōnibus
vocative exceptiō exceptiōnēs

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