Definitions: (1) unusually excellent, superior, or extraordinary; (2) out of the ordinary; uncommon; rare

Derivation: Latin, “to take out”

Saying: The exception proves the rule in cases not excepted.
     Note: The Latin derivation of “proves” is ‘tests, demonstrates.”

• To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail. — Giorgio Armani (1934-) Italian fashion designer
• I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know. — Jean Houston (1937-) American author