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Assume "not including" and "including" have two mutually exclusive meanings. It is impossible "not including" and "including" at the same time.

The Oxford dict gives this example of except.

They work every day except Sunday

In the form of set (math), we have 2 sets in there

  • on set_1 = {Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday} they work
  • on set_2 = {Sunday} they don't work

set_1 is not including Sunday, this is what "except" does mean, "other than" has the same meaning. Is my understanding right?

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Yes, except means everything but that thing, i.e. not including.
Except Sunday would mean all the days but not Sunday.

Oxford dictionary defines "except" as

not including; other than.

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