Exception Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Exception.

Exception (noun):

  1. A formal objection made by a lawyer during a trial to express disagreement with a judge's ruling. This action signifies the lawyer's intent to challenge the ruling in a higher court. In modern legal practice, it is assumed that the attorney disagrees with any adverse ruling, so the step to 'take exception' is typically unwarranted.
  2. In the context of contracts, statutes, or deeds, an 'exception' refers to a statement indicating that a specific aspect or matter is deliberately not included within the scope of the document.