Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary
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- 1) A flowery way a lawyer might tell a judge that the lawyer disagrees with the judge's ruling, often said after the judge rules against a lawyer who has objected to the admission of evidence. In modern practice, it is not necessary "to take exception" to a judge's adverse ruling, because it is assumed that the attorney against whom the ruling is made objects. 2) In contracts, statutes, and deeds, a statement that something is not included, as in "Landlord rents to Tenant the first floor, with the exception of the storage room."