If you describe someone or something as unexceptionable, you mean that they are unlikely to be criticized or objected to, but are not new or exciting, and may have some hidden bad qualities. [FORMAL]

The candidate was quite unexceptionable, a well-known travel writer and TV personality...

The school's unexceptionable purpose is to involve parents more closely in the education of their children.

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  • unexceptionable — unexceptionable, unexceptional These two words correspond to the meanings of the positive forms exceptionable and exceptional. Unexceptionable means ‘with which no fault can be found, entirely satisfactory’ (The idea is unexceptionable, indeed… …   Modern English usage

  • Unexceptionable — Un ex*cep tion*a*ble, a. Not liable to any exception or objection; unobjectionable; faultless; good; excellent; as, a man of most unexceptionable character. {Un ex*cep tion*a*ble*ness}, n. {Un ex*cep tion*a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster] Chesterfield… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unexceptionable — index admissible, clean, irreprehensible, mediocre, unimpeachable, unobjectionable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unexceptionable — 1660s, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + exception (see EXCEPT (Cf. except)) + ABLE (Cf. able) …   Etymology dictionary

  • unexceptionable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not open to objection, but not particularly new or exciting. DERIVATIVES unexceptionably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • unexceptionable — [un΄ek sep′shə nə bəl] adj. not exceptionable; without flaw or fault; not warranting even the slightest criticism: sometimes used with mild pejorative force of something regarded as having mere correctness as its chief virtue unexceptionably adv …   English World dictionary

  • unexceptionable — adjective not open to objection, but not particularly new or exciting. Derivatives unexceptionableness noun unexceptionably adverb Usage There is an overlap in meaning between the words unexceptionable and unexceptional. Strictly speaking,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • unexceptionable —  , unexceptional  Something that is unexceptional is ordinary, not outstanding ( an unexceptional wine ). Something that is unexceptionable is not open to objections ( In Britain, grey is the preferred spelling, but gray is unexceptionable ) …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • unexceptionable — adjective Etymology: un + obsolete exception to take exception, object Date: 1664 not open to objection or criticism ; beyond reproach ; unimpeachable < unexceptionable integrity > • unexceptionableness noun • unexceptionably adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unexceptionable — unexceptionableness, n. unexceptionably, adv. /un ik sep sheuh neuh beuhl/, adj. not offering any basis for exception or objection; beyond criticism: an unexceptionable record of achievement. [1655 65; UN 1 + EXCEPTIONABLE] * * * …   Universalium

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