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exceptional +‎ -ity


exceptionality (countable and uncountable, plural exceptionalities)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being exceptional.
    Synonym: exceptionalness
    • 2005, Robert Wilonsky, "The Wiz (Film Review)," Riverfront Times, 15 June,
      For all their exceptionality, there is also a numbing sameness to the movies of Hayao Miyazaki.
  2. (countable) A thing, condition, or other matter which is exceptional.
    • 1827, "Some Speculations on Literary Pleasures," The Gentleman's Magazine, London, vol. 97, pt. 2, p. 118,
      We are fain to ask what is to become of Shakespeare and a host of others, who, with equal originality of thought, have avoided those vagrant exceptionalities of humour.
    • 1998, National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "Learning Disabilities: Preservice Preparation of General and Special Education Teachers," Learning Disability Quarterly, vol. 21, no. 3, p. 185,
      Educators who are earning degrees as learning disability specialists should . . . understand the differences between learning disabilities and other exceptionalities.



  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.