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[ek-suh-luh nt] /ˈɛk sə lənt/

possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good.
Archaic. extraordinary; superior.
exceptionally good; extremely meritorious; superior

mid-14c., from Old French excellent “outstanding, excellent,” from Latin excellentem (nominative excellens), present participle of excellere (see excel).


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