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1. To take or leave out (anything) from a number or a whole as not belonging to it; to exclude; to omit. Who never touched The excepted tree. (Milton) Wherein (if we only except the unfitness of the judge) all other things concurred. (bp. Stillingfleet)

2. To object to; to protest against.

Origin: L. Exceptus, p. P. Of excipere to take or draw out, to except; ex out _ capere to take: cf. F. Excepter. See Capable.