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Except, Excep(p, v.1 Also: eccep, exepp-. [e.m.E. excepte (1514), OF. excepter, L. except-, ppl. stem of excipere.]

1. intr. In law: To make an objection; to protest. 1479 Acta Conc. 27/1.
Robert sall now hafe powere to except and say again tha witnes like as he mycht hafe done
1494 Acta Aud. 204/1.
Henry excepit … that the said summondis wes nocht dewly
1502 Dunferm. B. Rec. 125.
Mastir Wilyam Stevart exceppit aganis the sade commissione
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xiii. 29.
Sum castis summondis, and sum exceptis [M. exceppis]
1521 Fife Sheriff Ct. 232.
Williame Lausone … noucht comperit … to here & se certane deposicionis … nore to except in contray thaim
1536–9 Ex. Processes (Reg. H.) No. 1.
I Robert Williamsoun … excepis and allayis [sic] before ȝow … that I auch to be assolȝeit [etc.]

b. tr. To plead as an objection. 1622-6 Bisset I. 174/22.
Exception of incompetencie … may be exceptit aganis all iudges within this realme

2. To exempt or leave out; to exclude.Usually in past pple. = being excepted.(a) 1492 Prestwick B. Rec. 33.
The … balȝe forsaid … gaf heretable state and possessioun of the said twa rodis, … ilke manis rycht of resoun excepit
1495 Contract. Mey P. (Reg. H.) 13 June.
All frawid & gyill exceppit & outtane
1519 Thanes of Cawdor 130.
To tak his afawld part … acontra all men … the kingis grais alanerly exceppyt
1524 Douglas Corr. 92.
My allegeance eccepit to my souerane
c1520-c1535 Nisbet II. 231 m.
Originall synn, quhairvnto we war al subdewit … , nothir auld nor yowng ar excepit
1545 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 13.
Oure souerane Ladie & hir autorite allanerlie beand exceppit
1556 Rec. Earld. Orkney 257.
Reserving and excepping to the said Henry … the haill landis of Halcro
1581 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 407.
Thrie hundreth merkis wsual money of this realme stampit plakis and penneis being excepit
(b) 1490 Irland Mir. I. 150/17.
The blist saule of Jhesu and his humanite in all tyme I except
1526 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 15.
Tresone in our persone anerlie exceptit
1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 203.
Twa hundreth skynnis, … futfallis and lambskynis exceptit
1559 Ib. III. 53.
The provest … thesaurer and counsaill with the assessouris except befoir exceptit, being convenit agane
1561 Glasgow Prot. II. 94.
This present contract being allenarlie exceptit
1611 Edinb. Test. XLVI. 314 b.
Scho … levis the haill remanent of hir abuilȝementis and geir quhatsumeuir, except befoir exceptit, to the saidis Issobell Duncane
1627 Bamff Chart. 215.
Exceptand and reserwand lyfrent of all and haill the saidis landis of Newtoune

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