- constituting, or occurring as, an exception; not ordinary or average; esp., much above average in quality, ability, etc.: exceptional talents
- needing special attention or presenting a special problem, as in education, because mentally gifted or, esp., because mentally, physically, or emotionally handicapped
- An example of exceptional is an IQ of 140.
- An example of exceptional is a mentally handicapped child who needs a tutor.
The definition of exceptional is someone or something that is high above average or someone who needs special educational help because of mental or physical challenges.
- Being an exception; uncommon: This town is exceptional for the region in having a high tax rate.
- Well above average; extraordinary: an exceptional memory.
- Deviating widely from a norm, as of physical or mental ability: special educational provisions for exceptional children.
- ex·cep′tion·al′i·ty ex·cep′tion·al·ness
- He knows there is someone or something out there that has weird and exceptional abilities.
- He is such an exceptional boy.
- Even an exceptional salesperson has an imperfect memory.
- He was always hearing such words as: "With your remarkable kindness," or, "With your excellent heart," "You are yourself so honorable Count," or, "Were he as clever as you," and so on, till he began sincerely to believe in his own exceptional kindness and extraordinary intelligence, the more so as in the depth of his heart it had always seemed to him that he really was very kind and intelligent.
- Some people have exceptional abilities we do not understand—for example, savants.