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Exception vs Unique - What's the difference?

exception | unique |

As nouns the difference between exception and unique

is that exception is exception while unique is a thing without a like; something unequalled or unparallelled.

As an adjective unique is

(not comparable) being the only one of its kind; unequaled, unparalleled or unmatched.




(en noun)
  • The act of excepting or excluding; exclusion; restriction by taking out something which would otherwise be included, as in a class, statement, rule.
  • That which is excepted or taken out from others; a person, thing, or case, specified as distinct, or not included; as, almost every general rule has its exceptions.
  • (legal) An objection, on legal grounds; also, as in conveyancing, a clause by which the grantor excepts or reserves something before the right is transferred.
  • (senseid)An objection; cavil; dissent; disapprobation; offense; cause of offense; — usually followed by to or against.
  • (computing) An interruption in normal processing, especially as caused by an error condition.
  • Derived terms

    * checked exception * exception that proves the rule * take exception * there is an exception to every rule * without exception




    (en adjective)
  • (not comparable) Being the only one of its kind; unequaled, unparalleled or unmatched.
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  • Of a feature, such that only one holder has it.
  • Particular, characteristic.
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  • (proscribed) Of a rare quality, unusual.
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    Usage notes

    The comparative and superlative forms more unique'' and ''most unique'', as well as the use of ''unique'' with modifiers as in ''fairly unique'' and ''very unique , are sometimes proscribed, with the reasoning that either something is unique or it is not.


    (checksyns) * one of a kind * sui generis * singular

    Derived terms

    * uniqueness


    (en noun)
  • A thing without a like; something unequalled or unparallelled.
  • * De Quincey
  • The phoenix, the unique of birds.