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1 : something that is excepted or excluded
: a situation to which a rule does not apply [the supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such s, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make "U.S. Constitution art. III"]
2 : an act of excepting
: exclusion of a section of real property from a conveyance compare reservation
3 : a usually written objection esp. to a judge's ruling [demurrers, pleas, and s for insufficiency of a pleading shall not be used "Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 7(c)"] used esp. in equity proceedings
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.